SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 247 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Wednesday (Jun 17), including five infections in the community.
This takes the total number of cases in the country to 41,216.
The community cases include two Singaporeans or permanent residents and three work permit holders.
The vast majority of the new cases are work permit holders living in dormitories, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily preliminary update.
Of the five cases in the community, two had been picked up as a result of proactive surveillance and screening, and the remaining three had already been placed on quarantine, said MOH in its evening update.
One of the Singaporean cases was asymptomatic but was tested as his work involves interacting with security guards at dormitories, said the ministry. The other case is a family member of a previously confirmed case.
Two of the work permit holders are contacts of previously confirmed cases and had been isolated at government quarantine facilities. The remaining case was asymptomatic but was tested as part of efforts to screen workers in essential services.
The ministry said the number of daily average new cases has decreased to seven in the past week from nine the week before.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of four cases per day in the week before, to an average of three per day in the past week, it added.
A total of 242 of the new cases are foreign workers living in dormitories.
No new clusters were announced on Wednesday.
MOH said 775 more cases have been discharged from hospital or released from community isolation facilities, bringing the total number of fully recovered patients to 31,938.
It added that 257 patients are still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving. Two remain in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
A total of 8,995 people have been isolated and are being cared for at community isolation facilities.
The Ministry of Manpower on Tuesday said 42 more worker dormitories have been cleared of COVID-19, bringing the total number to 132. As of Monday, there are 75,000 migrant workers staying in cleared premises.
In its evening update, MOH also added four places to the list of venues visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period.
The places are Siglap V at 2 First Street, specifically the Cold Storage supermarket, the NTUC FairPrice at Siglap New Market (943 East Coast Road), the Kopitiam at Our Tampines Hub (1 Tampines Walk) and the SF Chandpur Minimart at 6 Desker Road.
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MOH also said in its update that Singaporeans and permanent residents who left Singapore before the travel advisory was issued on Mar 27 and would like to return will be given a grace period to do so. If they return and enter Singapore by Aug 31, the cost of their COVID-19 tests will be waived.
Earlier, the COVID-19 task force had said that travellers who leave or enter Singapore from Jun 17 onwards will be required to pay for their COVID-19 tests.
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Small gatherings of up to five people and dining in at food and beverage outlets will be allowed to resume from Friday, as part of Singapore's second phase of its reopening amid the COVID-19 situation.
Buffets and communal amenities such as drinks dispensers are still prohibited, but diners may share food with serving utensils. Takeaways and home deliveries are still encouraged to minimise crowds.
Automated hand sanitiser dispensers will also be installed at all 114 hawker centres and markets managed by the National Environment Agency.
Patrons are advised to continue to wear their face masks except when drinking or eating, as well as to check in and out with the SafeEntry QR code during every visit.