Singapore reports 191 new COVID-19 infections; 16 cases in the community

Singapore reports 191 new COVID-19 infections; 16 cases in the community

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore
FILE PHOTO: People cross a street during morning peak hour commute amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore Jun 3, 2020. (REUTERS/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 191 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Friday (Jul 10), including 16 cases in the community, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

There are seven Singaporeans, five work pass holders and four work permit holders among the new community cases.

Eight of the 16 community cases today are linked to previous cases or clusters. They had been identified as contacts of previously confirmed cases and were tested during quarantine.

Of these cases, two are family members of a known family cluster at 111 Tampines Street 11, and had been earlier been quarantined. One of them is a seven-year-old girl. 

The ministry said on Jul 2 that it had tested 123 residents and visitors at the block, all the results came back negative for COVID-19.

"Thus far there is no evidence of spread beyond the two affected households that were previously announced," MOH said, adding that it will continue to closely monitor the situation.

UNLINKED CASES

The other eight community cases who are currently unlinked comprised of five individuals who were detected as part of the ministry's proactive screening of workers in the essential services. Three of them are asymptomatic.

The remaining three unlinked cases had symptoms and were tested under MOH's enhanced community testing. These are people aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor.

One of them also had a serological test, which came back positive, indicating likely past infection.

"Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased, from an average of nine cases per day in the week before, to an average of 16 per day in the past week," said MOH. 

Unlinked cases in the community also increased, from an average of five cases per day in the week before to nine in the past week, the ministry added.

A total of 174 of Friday's infections are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, said MOH.

There is also one imported case, a permanent resident who returned to Singapore from India on Jul 6. She was placed on a stay-home notice upon arrival in the country and was tested while serving her notice.

NEW PUBLIC PLACES

A total of 12 new public places were reported as new locations visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period.

They include malls such ION Orchard, NEX, Westgate and Jurong Point, as well as Mustafa Centre and Ocean Cosmetics at People's Park Food Centre.



MOH said 135 more COVID-19 cases were discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total number of fully discharged to 41,780.

There were 203 confirmed cases still being treated in hospital, one of whom is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. A total of 3,604 cases are isolated and cared for at community isolation facilites.

On Thursday, the ministry announced that a 38-year-old male Bangladeshi national who tested positive for COVID-19 had died on Tuesday. The man was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital on Jun 28 after suffering a seizure, and subsequently developed intracranial haemorrhage.

"The preliminary cause of death is cardiorespiratory failure, pending further investigations by the coroner," said MOH. 

His death was not added to the official death toll, which stands at 26.

Around 30 locations were on Thursday added to a list of places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period.

The locations include a driving centre, malls and food and beverage outlets visited by the confirmed cases between Jun 25 and Jul 7.

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Source: CNA/kv

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