Singapore reports 142 new COVID-19 cases, including prison inmate on social visit pass

Singapore reports 142 new COVID-19 cases, including prison inmate on social visit pass

changi prison entrance gate
The entrance gate of Changi Prison. (File photo: Singapore Prison Service)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 142 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Friday (Jun 19), bringing the national tally to 41,615. 

There was one case in the community - a prison inmate on a social visit pass, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). The 21-year-old Sri Lankan man had arrived in Singapore before the implementation of border measures. 

"He had been segregated from the general inmate population since his admission to Changi Prison Complex on Jun 6, and was tested positive for COVID-19," MOH added.

"Although he is asymptomatic, he was tested as part of Singapore Prison Service’s proactive screening of newly admitted inmates."

The number of average daily new community cases has decreased to four in the past week from nine the week before, said the ministry. 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 two per day in the past week.

The remaining 141 new cases reported on Friday are work permit holders living in dormitories.

A total of 747 more cases have been discharged, taking the total number of people who have fully recovered from the infection to 33,459, said MOH. 

There are 212 cases who are still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving. Two of them are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 

A total of 7,918 are being 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. 

MOH also announced that two new dormitory clusters have been identified - at 10 Kaki Bukit Road 1 and 6 Kian Teck Crescent.

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Retail outlets across Singapore welcomed shoppers on Friday as Phase 2 of the post-"circuit breaker" reopening began. Food and beverage outlets also resumed dine-in services with patrons allowed to eat in groups of up to five people.

Shops predominantly selling beverages, including bubble tea outlets, were also back in business. 

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CNA observed many utilising sports facilities as well as gathering in small groups at public spaces which were previously cordoned off. 

Playgrounds and beaches also reopened, while libraries, museums, barbecue pits and camping sites will remain closed at the start of Phase 2 and progressively open later.

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Source: CNA/zl