SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 185 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday (Jul 4), including nine community cases, of whom eight are unlinked.
This brings the total number of cases in the country to 44,664.
Four of the nine community cases were Singaporeans, three were work pass holders, and two were work permit holders.
Of the nine community cases, one is linked to a previous case, while eight are currently unlinked.
Of the eight unlinked cases, one is an 82-year-old Singaporean woman, whose onset of symptoms began on Jul 1. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 on Saturday.
The only linked case is a 38-year-old Bangladeshi national, who is a contact of previous case. He had already been quarantined earlier. He was asymptomatic and was tested during quarantine to verify his status, MOH said.
Of the eight unlinked cases, three were "proactively swabbed" as they work in essential services, even though two were asymptomatic. Another unlinked case was detected as part of MOH's "proactive" screening of individuals deployed to frontline COVID-19 operations.
Epidemiological investigations are ongoing for the remaining four cases. Of those four cases, three were tested under the ministry's enhanced community testing after being diagnosed with acute respiratory infection.
The number of new cases in the community has increased, from an average of six per day in the week before, to an average of nine per day in the past week.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased, from an average of three cases per day in the week before, to an average of five per day in the past week.
"We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme," MOH said.
The health ministry reported a new imported case involving a permanent resident, who is a family member of a previous case.
The 11-year-old had returned from India on Jun 21, and was placed on a stay-home notice upon his arrival in Singapore.
He was taken to an isolation facility to start his 14-day notice. The boy was asymptomatic, and was tested while serving the stay-home notice.
A total of 175 cases reported on Saturday were work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, the ministry added. No new clusters were identified.
348 MORE PATIENTS DISCHARGED
MOH reported that 348 more COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.
In all, 40,117 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.
There are currently 204 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and two are in a critical condition in the intensive care unit.
A total of 4,317 cases are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are people who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.
Twenty-six people have died from complications due to COVID-19 infection.
TESTING AT TAMPINES BLOCK
MOH said on Thursday that it placed 58 households at Block 111 Tampines Street 11 under active phone surveillance and that these residents and their visitors would be tested for COVID-19.
"This is a precautionary measure after MOH had detected nine confirmed cases from two households residing at the block.
"In total, 116 residents and visitors have been tested, and all the results have come back
negative for COVID-19. MOH will continue to closely monitor the situation," the ministry said.
On Friday, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) announced hotels in Singapore may apply to reopen for staycation bookings. However, hotels will have to comply with various safe management measures to do so.
Cinemas are also allowed to reopen from Jul 13, with up to 50 patrons in each cinema hall.
Singapore is currently in Phase 2 of its reopening, which began on Jun 19.