Singapore reports 113 new COVID-19 infections, including 5 community cases

Singapore reports 113 new COVID-19 infections, including 5 community cases

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Public benches at Orchard Gateway mall marked for safe distancing on Mar 26, 2020. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 113 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Thursday (Jun 25), including five cases in the community.  

This brings Singapore's total number of COVID-19 cases to 42,736. 

Of the new community cases, one is a Singaporean and four are work pass holders, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). 

The Singaporean, a 50-year-old man, was tested when he sought medical treatment. His case is unlinked and epidemiological investigations are ongoing, said MOH.

Two of the community cases were picked up as a result of the ministry's "proactive surveillance and screening", while the two had earlier been placed on quarantine. 

The vast majority of cases are work permit holders living in foreign worker dormitories, with 108 new infections reported on Thursday.

"Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of seven cases per day in the week before, to an average of four per day in the past week," the ministry said.

"The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at an average of two per day in the past two weeks."

Singapore covid cases Jun 25




Several new locations were also added to MOH's list of places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period. These include Bugis Junction, Kallang Wave Mall, 313@somerset, VivoCity and a cafe at Lucky Plaza.

The full list:

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(Table: MOH)

In total, 305 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, MOH said.

In all, 36,604 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 189 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 

A total of 5,917 cases are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.

No new clusters were identified on Thursday.



TESTING REGIME TO BE EXTENDED

From Jul 1, all individuals aged 13 and above who present symptoms of acute respiratory infection at the first instance will be tested for COVID-19, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Thursday.

Testing is currently only conducted this way for patients aged 45 and above.

The move is part of Singapore's strategy to quickly isolate cases and prevent large clusters of infection from forming amid an expected rise in cases​​​​​​​.

Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong also announced that about 70 to 80 per cent of migrant workers staying in dormitories are expected be cleared of COVID-19 by end-July.

A total of 79,000 migrant workers have been cleared of the virus as of Jun 22.

READ: COVID-19: From Jul 1, patients aged 13 and above with acute respiratory infection to undergo testing once they visit a doctor

READ: 70% to 80% of migrant workers in dormitories expected to be COVID-19 free by end-July: Lawrence Wong

DINERS TO REMOVE MASKS ONLY WHEN EATING, DRINKING

Singapore entered Phase 2 of its reopening on Jun 19 after a "circuit breaker" period of almost two months that was aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

During this phase, people can dine in again at food and beverage outlets and gather in groups of up to five people. Retail outlets have also been allowed to reopen, as have personal health and wellness, tuition and other private enrichment services.

On Wednesday, the National Library Board announced that public libraries will reopen to the public on Jul 1 with shorter opening hours, as well as limits on the number of people allowed and duration of visits. 

For now, the National Library, all public libraries and the National Archives of Singapore will operate from 11am to 7pm daily. 

READ: COVID-19: Public libraries to reopen on Jul 1, seating and study areas remain closed

Libraries will operate on a "borrow and go" basis - people will be able to borrow and return physical materials, as well as use reservation and book drop services. 

However, all seating and study areas, including newspaper and multimedia stations, will not be available. All programmes, guided tours and events will also continue to be suspended.

READ: Diners to remove masks only while eating or drinking: MOH 

Also on Wednesday, MOH reiterated that diners should remove their masks only to eat or drink during a meal, and must keep the mask on for the rest of the duration.

These clarifications were based on observations made since the start of Phase 2, it said. 

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