SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 183 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Monday (Jul 6), including 23 cases in the community, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
This brings the national tally to 44,983.
Monday's report represents the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the community since Apr 24, when there were 25 such cases.
There are three Singaporeans or permanent residents among the new community cases, one work pass holder, and 19 work permit holders.
Of the new community cases, 18 had been picked up as a result of MOH's proactive surveillance and screening, and three had already been placed on quarantine earlier.
17 COMMUNITY CASES ARE LINKED
Seventeen of the community cases are linked to previous cases or clusters, said MOH. Of these, 13 were detected from the screening of workers in essential services or those working in dormitories. Among them, seven are migrant workers who reside together at a temporary accommodation arranged by their company, said MOH.
"Their PCR test results indicate low viral loads, detectable only after many amplification cycles, which means these may be past infections," said the ministry.
Serological tests will be conducted for the workers to determine if they have current or past infections, said MOH.
However, in the meantime, the ministry is investigating the possible exposures and links, and will take appropriate action to prevent further transmission.
MOH also said that three of the linked community cases had already been identified as contacts of previously confirmed patients, and had been tested during their quarantine to determine their status.
Epidemiological investigations are ongoing for the remaining case, a 46-year-old Malaysian man, who is linked to ASPRI-Westlite Papan dormitory.
Seven of the newly confirmed cases have also been linked to form a new cluster at Micron Semiconductor Asia at 1 North Coast Drive, said MOH.
6 COMMUNITY CASES ARE UNLINKED
In the release, MOH said that six of the community cases are currently unlinked. Of these, five were tested as they work in essential services even though they were asymptomatic.
The remaining case was tested under the enhanced community testing for all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor.
IMPORTED AND DORMITORY CASES
There were also three imported cases, all of whom had been placed on a stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore and had been tested while serving their notice.
Two of them are Singaporeans: A 35-year-old man who returned from Yemen on Jun 24, and a 2-year-old girl who returned from India on Jun 23.
The remaining imported case is a 36-year-old Filipina work pass holder who returned from the Philippines on Jun 24. She is currently employed in Singapore.
The remaining 157 new cases on Monday are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, the ministry said.
MOH added that of the new cases, 97 per cent are linked to known clusters, while the rest are pending contact tracing.
26 NEW LOCATIONS ADDED TO PLACES VISITED BY COVID-19 CASES
In Monday's release, MOH added 26 more locations to the list of places visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period.
The new locations include shopping malls such as Jewel Changi Airport, ION Orchard, Sim Lim Square, Tang Plaza, Compass One, Lucky Plaza and Plaza Singapura.
Food and beverage outlets such as One Man Coffee at Upper Thomson Road, the Daily Scoop at Sembawang Road and East Coast Lagoon Food Village were also among the new locations.
There were also several supermarkets, including Sheng Siong outlets in Yuan Ching Road and Jurong West Avenue 5, as well as an NTUC FairPrice store in Eunos Crescent.
Those who had been identified as close contacts of confirmed cases would have already been notified by MOH.
MOH said that as a precautionary measure, those who went to those locations during the specified timings should monitor their health closely for 14 days from their date of visit.
"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," said MOH.
There is also no need to avoid places where confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been. The National Environment Agency will engage the management of affected premises to provide guidance on cleaning and disinfection.
276 MORE CASES DISCHARGED
A total of 276 more COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, said MOH.
In all, 40,717 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.
There are currently 208 COVID-19 patients still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving. Two are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
MOH added that 4,032 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. "These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19," it said.
Twenty-six people have died from complications due to COVID-19 infection.
Singapore authorities said last week that an increase in the average number of new COVID-19 cases in the community is “not unexpected”, as more activities resume and the number of interactions increases during Phase 2 of Singapore's post-"circuit breaker" reopening.
In its report on Monday, MOH said that the number of new cases in the community increased from an average of seven cases per day in the week before, to an average of 12 per day in the past week.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased, from an average of four cases per day in the week before, to an average of five per day in the past week.
From next Monday, cinemas will be allowed to reopen, with up to 50 patrons in each cinema hall.
Hotels in Singapore may also apply to reopen for staycation bookings, subject to various safe management measures.