Singapore reports 219 new COVID-19 cases, including 2 from the healthcare sector

Singapore reports 219 new COVID-19 cases, including 2 from the healthcare sector

Singapore Phase 2 Orchard Road
Orchard Road on Jun 19, the first day of Phase 2 of Singapore's reopening. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 219 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Friday (Jun 26), taking the national total to 42,955. 

The new infections include six in the community, comprising five Singaporeans and one work pass holder, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

Of the five Singaporeans, one was detected as a result of MOH's "proactive screening" of people working at dormitories.

Two of the Singaporeans are from the public healthcare sector. 

One of them is a 23-year-old nurse at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. He is a contact of an earlier case and had not been to work since the onset of symptoms.

The other healthcare worker is a 27-year-old woman who had gone to work at Vanguard Senior Care Centre in Woodlands. 

She was tested as part of MOH's "surveillance tests" for non-residential community care staff members in settings such as kidney dialysis centres, home care services, day hospices and senior care centres.

Her serological test result also came back positive, which indicates likely past infection, said MOH.

The woman, who has not displayed any symptoms, has been mostly working from home since the "circuit breaker" period with the closure of the centre, said MOH.

Another Singaporean case had met with a large group of social contacts for sports and social activities.

"Such behaviour increases the risk of transmission and has resulted in his contacts being quarantined. We will be investigating this case," said MOH.

"We advise the public to abide by the spirit of the rule to limit social gatherings to not more than 5 persons."

The vast majority of cases are work permit holders living in foreign worker dormitories, with 213 cases reported on Friday.

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MORE PLACES VISITED BY COVID-19 CASES

Six more locations, many of them in Chinatown, were on Friday added to MOH's list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases while they were infectious.

They are: SAFRA Mount Faber, Jurong East Sports Centre, Pearl’s Hill 34 coffee shop, Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha, and An Qi Spa and ML Aesthetics at People’s Park Centre.

The updated list is as follows:

(good) MOH places table Jun 26
(Table: MOH)

MAP: COVID-19 cases visited these places while they were infectious

A total of 221 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. 

In all, 36,825 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities, said MOH.

There are 183 cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 

A total of 5,921 are isolated and cared for at community facilities, MOH added.

From Jul 1, all individuals aged 13 and above who present symptoms of acute respiratory infection at the first instance will be tested for COVID-19.

The move is part of Singapore's strategy to quickly isolate cases and prevent large clusters of infection from forming amid an expected rise in cases, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Thursday.

While Mr Gan acknowledged that the number of cases in the community remains low, he said the country still needs to stay vigilant to prevent more infections.

Singapore is in Phase 2 of its reopening, following a two-month-long circuit breaker period designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

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Source: CNA/zl(ta)

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