SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 215 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Wednesday (Jul 1), including four imported cases, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Three of the imported cases, involving two Singaporeans and a permanent resident, had returned from Pakistan on Jun 19 and Jun 20 and were placed on stay-home notices when they arrived in Singapore.
They were taken separately to dedicated facilities for their 14-day isolation, said MOH, adding that they were asymptomatic, and had been tested while serving their stay-home notices.
The other imported case is a work permit holder who had returned from Indonesia. The 39-year-old Indonesian national was tested upon arrival at Tanjong Pagar Terminal, and was isolated while awaiting his test result, said MOH.
SIX SINGAPOREANS AMONG NEW COVID-19 CASES
Ten of Singapore's new infections were from the community, of whom six are Singaporeans and four are work pass holders.
One Singaporean case had been identified as a contact of a previous case and had already been quarantined.
Epidemiological investigations are ongoing for the remaining cases involving Singaporeans, of whom three were swabbed under MOH's "enhanced community testing" after being diagnosed with acute respiratory infection,
Of the four work permit holders, two had been identified as contacts of previous cases and were under quarantine.
Even though they were asymptomatic they were tested for COVID-19 during their quarantine to verify their status, said MOH.
The other two cases were asymptomatic and were detected due to screening of workers in essential services, with one of them testing positive in a serological test - indicating likely past infection.
The vast majority of Singapore's new COVID-19 infections are work permit holders living in dormitories, with 201 cases reported on Wednesday.
This takes the total number of cases in the country to 44,122.
FUNAN MALL, NORTHPOINT CITY VISITED BY COVID-19 CASES
More places were also added to MOH's list of locations visited by COVID-19 community cases during their infectious period. These include Funan Mall, McDonald's at Lucky Plaza, as well as two eateries at Northpoint City.
The full list is as follows:
Those who had been identified as close contacts of confirmed cases would have been notified by MOH.
As a precautionary measure, those who had been at these locations during the specified timings should monitor their health closely for 14 days from their date of visit, the health ministry added.
"They should see a doctor promptly if they develop symptoms of acute respiratory infection (such as cough, sore throat and runny nose), as well as fever and loss of taste or smell, and inform the doctor of their exposure history.
"There is no need to avoid places where confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been," added MOH.
The National Environment Agency will also engage the management of affected premises to provide guidance on cleaning and disinfection.
511 MORE CASES DISCHARGED
A total of 511 more COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, said MOH.
In all, 39,011 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.
There are 209 cases who are still in hospital. Most are stable or improving, and one is in a critical condition in the intensive care unit.
MOH added that 4,876 patients are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.
Twenty-six people in Singapore have died from complications due to COVID-19.
On Tuesday, Singapore reported one imported case - a permanent resident who had returned from India on Jun 24.
She was placed on a stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore and had been taken to a facility for her 14-day isolation, said MOH. She then developed symptoms during the stay-home notice period.
As of Jun 18, all travellers entering Singapore have to be tested for COVID-19 before the end of their stay-home notice.
The test will be scheduled a few days before the end of their 14-day stay-home notice at an allotted testing facility.
This is an "additional precautionary measure" to detect the coronavirus, especially in asymptomatic cases, the health ministry previously said.
Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders entering Singapore from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, mainland China, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam and who stayed in these countries and territories for 14 consecutive days prior to their entry will be allowed to serve their stay-home notice at home.
Previously, they had to stay at dedicated facilities.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS REOPEN
Tourism-linked businesses will be allowed to resume operations during Phase 2 of Singapore's reopening after the COVID-19 "circuit breaker", beginning with 13 attractions from Wednesday.
The attractions are: Singapore Zoo, Universal Studios Singapore, ArtScience Museum, Sands SkyPark and Observation Deck, Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, S.E.A. Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Jurong Bird Park, River Safari, Bounce and Zero Latency.
Public libraries also opened to the public on Wednesday with shorter opening hours and limits on the number of visitors and the duration of visits.
After three months of closure, the casinos at Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa will also be allowed to resume operations after their safe reopening proposals were approved, said the Singapore Tourism Board.