COVID-19: Singapore reports 11 new community cases for second day, out of 213 infections

COVID-19: Singapore reports 11 new community cases for second day, out of 213 infections

A woman wearing a protective face masks crosses a street, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) o
FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective face masks crosses a street, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore May 15, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 11 new community cases of COVID-19 for the second day, out of a total of 213 new infections as of noon on Sunday (Jun 28).  

This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore to 43,459. 

Of the new community cases, six are Singaporeans, two are work pass holders and three are work permit holders, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The remaining 202 new cases are work permit holders living in foreign worker dormitories.

One of the six Singaporean cases is a student at East Spring Secondary School, who had not gone to school since onset of symptoms on Jun 25.

Known as case 43297, the 15-year-old girl was tested as part of MOH's proactive screening of school students who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection (ARI) at first presentation to a doctor.

Another Singaporean teenager, a 13-year-old girl identified as case 43429, was also among the new infections announced on Sunday.

MOH reported her onset of symptoms as Jun 10. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 on Jun 27, more than two weeks later.

Two other Singaporean cases were detected through proactive surveillance of people working at dormitories or deployed to front-line COVID-19 operations, even though they are asymptomatic.

A new cluster was announced at a dormitory located at 5 Kaki Bukit Industrial Terrace.

Two dormitory clusters at 15A Senoko Way and 65 & 67 Tuas View Walk 2 have been closed, as there have been no more cases linked to the dormitories at for the past two incubation periods or 28 days.

Five new places were identified as areas visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period: a McDonald's restaurant at Tampines Mart, Al-Iman Restaurant, Mustafa Centre, Amman Household Supplies and Prime Supermarket.

The full list:

Public places Jun 28 COVID-19
(Table: MOH)

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

MOH said 345 more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or released from community isolation facilities, bring the total number of fully recovered to 37,508.

There are 184 confirmed cases still cared for in hospital. Most are mostly stable or improving, with one in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 5,741 are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

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Singapore on Jun 19 entered Phase 2 of its reopening after a circuit breaker period of almost two months to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Globally, nearly 10 million people have been infected with COVID-19, with about 500,000 fatalities.

MOH on Saturday reminded the public that it is "critical" to continue to exercise caution to keep the number of new cases under control as activities resume in Phase 2. It added that everyone must adhere to safe management principles. 

This came after SportSG said that all ActiveSG indoor sport halls would be closed for a “time-out” on Sunday, after safe management measures were breached by a group of badminton players that included a positive COVID-19 case.

Also on Saturday, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a press statement that Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to allow cross-border travel for certain groups of people, including residents who hold long-term immigration passes for business and work purposes.

Travellers would have to adhere to a set of COVID-19 prevention and public health measures, said MFA, adding that the measures are being discussed and will have to be mutually agreed upon by both countries.

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Source: CNA/aj(ta)