Singapore reports 246 new COVID-19 infections, including 1 imported case

Singapore reports 246 new COVID-19 infections, including 1 imported case

Singapore Phase 2 Toa Payoh Central
The hustle and bustle has returned to Toa Payoh Central as retail shops are allowed to open. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 246 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tuesday (Jun 30), including one imported case. 

This takes the total number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore to 43,907.

The imported case is a permanent resident who returned to Singapore from India on Jun 24, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a press release. 

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 developed symptoms during the stay-home notice period. 

The last imported case in Singapore was reported on Jun 14 when a Bangladeshi national arrived in Singapore to seek medical treatment not related to COVID-19. 

FIVE NEW COVID-19 CASES IN THE COMMUNITY

Five of the new infections are cases in the community, of whom two are Singaporeans and three are work permit holders. 

In an earlier release, MOH said that there were six cases in the community. However, one of the cases has been classified as imported after contact tracing. 

Among the two Singaporean cases, one of them - Case 43712 - was detected due to proactive surveillance of those deployed to frontline COVID-19 operations, even though he was asymptomatic. 

Epidemiological investigations are ongoing for the remaining Singaporean case, said MOH. 

Among the three work permit holders, two were swabbed as part of MOH's screening of workers in essential services. 

The remaining case - Case 43711 - was asymptomatic, and was tested as he works in frontline COVID-19 operations, the health ministry added. 

MOH added that the serological test results for Cases 43711 and 43712 came back positive, which indicates likely past infections. 

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The average number of new cases in the community has increased, from an average of four cases per day in the week before, to an average of seven per day in the past week. 

"The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased, from an average of two cases per day in the week before, to an average of four per day in the past week," MOH added. 

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A total of 240 of the new cases are work permit holders residing in dormitories. One new cluster has also been identified at a dormitory at 20 Senoko Crescent. 

In the release, MOH said that 515 more COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. 

"In all, 38,500 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities," the ministry said. 

"There are currently 215 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and one is in a critical condition in the intensive care unit." 

A total of 5,166 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. Twenty six people have died from complications due to COVID-19.

FIVE NEW LOCATIONS IDENTIFIED VISITED BY COVID-19 CASES

MOH also reported five new places that were visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period. 

The new locations are: Marsiling Lane Market and Cooked Food Centre, Sheng Siong Supermarket at 506 Tampines Central 1, One Supermarket at 201B Tampines Street 21, Chang Cheng Mee Wah coffee shop at Northlink Building at 10 Admiralty Street, and McDonald's at Tampines Mart at 5 Tampines Street 32.

Public places visited by COVID-19 cases Jun 30

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.



TOURISM-LINKED BUSINESSES TO REOPEN

Tourism-linked businesses will be allowed to reopen in stages during Phase 2 of the COVID-19 "circuit breaker" reopening, beginning with 13 attractions from Jul 1.

After three months of closure, the casinos at Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore and Singapore Zoo may resume operations after having had their safe reopening proposals approved, the Singapore Tourism Board said in a media release.

The other attractions that can reopen from Jul 1 are: 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.

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