Singapore reports 278 new COVID-19 cases, 4 community infections linked to Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub

Singapore reports 278 new COVID-19 cases, 4 community infections linked to Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub

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Beachgoers at East Coast Park in the evening of Friday (Jun 19), the first day beaches are reopened to the public after Singapore's COVID-19 circuit breaker. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 278 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Thursday (Jul 30), with four infections in the community, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

This takes the national tally to 51,809. 

Among the community infections, there are three work permit holders from Malaysia and one Singaporean. All of them are linked to the cluster at Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub, which currently has a total of eight confirmed infections. 

All four cases are asymptomatic and were detected as part of MOH's case finding of individuals working at a “newly emergent workplace cluster”, said the ministry.

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To determine if these cases are current or past infections, MOH also conducted serological tests on them, said the ministry. The results for all the community cases have come back positive, indicating likely past infections. 

As a precautionary measure, the ministry said it is working with the Land Transport Authority to arrange for close contacts of these cases to be tested. Epidemiological investigations are ongoing.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of nine cases per day in the week before, to an average of three per day in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of five cases per day in the week before, to an average of one per day in the past week.

IMPORTED CASES TRAVELLED FROM INDIA, INDONESIA

There are also four new imported cases who were placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore.

Three of the imported cases are work pass holders who are currently employed in Singapore. They arrived from India between Jul 15 and Jul 18. Two of them were asymptomatic while the remaining case experienced an onset of symptoms on Jul 20. 

The remaining case is a work permit holder, who arrived from Indonesia on Jul 18. She was also asymptomatic.

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The remaining new cases reported on Thursday are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories. No new clusters were reported.

Of the new cases reported on Thursday, 99 per cent are linked to known clusters while the rest are pending contact tracing. Further details can be found in MOH’s daily situation report.



Several new locations were also added to the list of places visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period.

They include eateries such as McDonalds and My Briyani House at Hillion Mall, Mr Teh Tarik deli at Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub and Al-Sahira Restaurant.

New locations Jul 30

MOH said 210 more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 46,308 have fully recovered from the infection.

There are currently 148 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 

A further 5,326 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.

As previously reported, 27 people have died from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

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The COVID-19 outbreak has taken a toll on Singapore's economy and labour market. Preliminary data from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Wednesday showed Singapore's overall unemployment rate rose in the second quarter to its highest level in more than a decade, as retrenchments more than doubled and total employment declined.

The overall unemployment rate rose to 2.9 per cent from 2.4 per cent in the preceding quarter, while total employment (excluding foreign domestic workers) plunged more than four-fold.

National carrier Singapore Airlines - which has been battered by border restrictions as governments around the world seek to contain the outbreak - on Wednesday reported a net loss of S$1.12 billion for the first quarter.

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It is in talks with aircraft manufacturers to delay deliveries and progress payments to reduce cash outflow at a time when the majority of its fleet of 220 planes remains parked, it said. 

Nations around the globe are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases and fatalities. Globally, there are now more than 17.05 million coronavirus cases, with the death toll at 666,411.

The United States marked a grim milestone on Wednesday when its coronavirus deaths surpassed 150,000 - far exceeding the toll in any other pandemic-hit nation.

Brazil, second to the US in terms of cases and fatalities, also reported a sobering figure as it surpassed 90,000 deaths.

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Source: CNA/aa(nc)/zl

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