SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 136 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Sunday (Jul 5), with 18 cases in the community, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Seven of the new cases were imported, the highest since Apr 3, when there were nine imported cases, according to data published on the MOH website.
This is the sixth consecutive day that Singapore has reported new imported cases.
One of the imported cases had returned from India on Jun 20, while four other imported cases had also returned from India on Jun 23.
The remaining two cases returned to Singapore from Yemen on Jun 24.
All of them were placed on a 14-day stay-home notice upon arrival and were tested while serving their notice, said MOH.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore is 44,800.
HIGHEST NUMBER OF COMMUNITY CASES SINCE JUN 12
Sunday's report represents the highest number of cases in the community since Jun 12, when there were also 18 community infections.
The 18 new community cases reported on Sunday comprised five Singaporeans, a permanent resident, two work pass holders and 10 work permit holders.
Ten of the new community cases are linked to previous cases or clusters, while the other eight are currently unlinked.
Five of the linked cases were identified as contacts of previously confirmed cases and were tested during quarantine. Among them was a two-year-old Singaporean girl, who is linked to two previous cases.
Another four cases, comprising two pairs of housemates, were detected as part of the ministry's proactive screening of workers in essential services, even though they were asymptomatic.
"They could have past infections, but as a precautionary measure, all others staying in the same residences will be placed on quarantine," said MOH.
The remaining case was tested after having symptoms. He was a colleague of an earlier case but they were working in "different sections of the company", according to the health ministry.
"MOH is investigating the possible exposures and links, and will take appropriate action to prevent further transmission," it said.
Among the eight unlinked cases, five were asymptomatic. They work in essential services and were picked up through the ministry's proactive testing.
The other three cases were tested under the ministry's enhanced community testing for individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor.
Serological tests were also conducted to determine if some of the community cases are current or past infections.
Two of the linked cases were positive, which indicate a likelihood of past infection. The test results for the remaining cases are pending.
Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased, from an average of seven cases per day in the week before, to an average of 10 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.
A total of 111 of the new cases are work permit holders living in dormitories. No new clusters were detected.
NEW PLACES ADDED TO LIST
MOH also identified new locations that were visited by confirmed cases during their infectious period.
Places added to the list include the NTI Food Court in Jurong West, as well as several establishments in Jurong Point: NTUC FairPrice, Toast Box and COURTS.
The other places identified were: Fengshan Market and Food Centre, Giant at IMM, Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre, All India Supermart along Norris Road as well as Boon Lay Place Market and Food Village.
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.
324 MORE PATIENTS DISCHARGED
The health ministry said 324 more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or released from community isolation facilities, bringing the total number of fully recovered to 40,441.
There are currently 212 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 4,121 patients are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are patients 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.
The authorities have said repeatedly they expect the number of cases in the community to rise, as more people return to work and activities resume in Phase 2 of Singapore's post-"circuit breaker" reopening.
From Jul 13, cinemas are also allowed to reopen, with up to 50 patrons in each cinema hall.
Hotels in Singapore may also apply to reopen for staycation bookings. However, hotels will have to comply with various safe management measures to do so.
No more than five guests are allowed in each room.