354 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 8 community infections

354 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 8 community infections

COVID-19 Masked Men Queen Street
People wearing face masks at Queen Street in Singapore on Jul 19, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 354 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Thursday (Jul 23), with eight cases in the community, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

This brings the total number of cases in the country to 49,098.

Among the community cases, there are four Singaporeans, as well as four work pass holders.

Six of the community cases are currently unlinked, said MOH in the release.

Of these, three were detected from screening of workers in essential services who are living outside the dormitories, even though they were asymptomatic, said the ministry.

Another case was swabbed as part of efforts to screen individuals working in frontline COVID-19 operations, and had been detected before symptoms onset.

The remaining two cases were tested as part of community testing. 

Of these two cases, one was detected under community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor.

The remaining case was asymptomatic, but was referred for a COVID-19 test when she visited a polyclinic to collect her medication for a pre-existing respiratory condition.

"Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 12 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 9 per day in the past week," said MOH. 

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

FIVE IMPORTED CASES FROM INDIA

There are also five imported cases who were placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore and had been tested during their notice.



Among the imported cases, two are permanent residents who returned from India on Jul 12. Both cases - a boy and a girl - are aged 12. 

Another two are work pass holders who are currently employed in Singapore, said MOH. They arrived in Singapore from India on Jul 11 and Jul 12. 

The remaining case is a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from India on Jul 11. 

The remaining 341 cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, the ministry said.

220 MORE CASES RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 

A total of 220 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, MOH added in the report. 

In all, 45,015 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 137 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 

A total of 3,919 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.

Twenty-seven have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

A total of 15 locations have also been added to the list of places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period. 

They include SAFRA Yishun, the ICBC Bank sub-branch at Jurong East and the Sembawang Community Club. 

Several malls and eateries were also added to the list, including West Mall, the Streats restaurant at Bukit Panjang Plaza, Seah Im Food Centre, three locations at VivoCity, Raffles City Shopping Centre and Diandin Leluk Thai Restaurant at Golden Mile Complex.

The full list of locations is as follows:

COVID-19 locations Jul 23

DOMESTIC TOURISM CAMPAIGN

Singapore is in Phase 2 of its reopening from the "circuit breaker" to stem the spread of COVID-19, with businesses gradually resuming operations.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on Tuesday announced the launch of a S$45 million marketing campaign encouraging locals to take a "Singapoliday" and support local businesses through domestic tourism.

The initiative comes as the number of tourists visiting Singapore has plummeted amid the pandemic.

A risk management framework for business events with up to 50 attendees was also announced by STB this week. The framework will be trialled at two events starting next month.

STB said it was preparing for the "calibrated and safe resumption" of business-to-business events, which have been put on hold since March 2020 due to the virus. 

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Source: CNA/dv

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