SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 218 new cases of COVID-19 as of noon on Tuesday (Jun 9), including six cases in the community.
The community cases comprised four work pass holders and two work permit holders, identified as Bangladeshi, Indian and Malaysian nationals, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Of these, three were picked up as a result of "proactive screening" of workers in essential services.
The other three cases were housemates of a previous case, and had already been quarantined in government facilities.
"They are asymptomatic, but we had swabbed them to verify their status during quarantine," MOH said.
"Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased, from an average of four cases per day in the week before, to an average of nine per day in the past week.
"The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased, from an average of two cases per day in the week before, to an average of four per day in the past week."
A total of 212 cases involve work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories.
MORE DISCHARGED, ONE NEW CLUSTER
One new cluster was identified on Tuesday at a dormitory at 145 Tuas View Square.
MOH also announced that 509 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.
In all, 25,877 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.
There are currently 248 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving. Three are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
A total of 12,364 patients are isolated and cared for at community facilities.
In addition, Hougang Green Shopping Mall was added to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 community cases during their infectious period.
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Singapore's tally of COVID-19 cases now stands at 38,514.
Responding to concerns about the recent increase in new community cases during Phase 1 of Singapore’s reopening, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Monday that this is due to “proactive” screening.
“In fact, many of the community cases, we have seen in the past week were due to active case finding as we proactively conduct surveillance to test on our target groups,” he said.
These include staff and residents in residential homes for seniors, pre-school staff members and those returning to work.
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Testing has also been extended to individuals diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor.
Regional screening centres are also being set up across the island. Two of these centres, at the Old Police Academy and The Float at Marina Bay, were set up last week. Another two centres at Bukit Gombak and Bishan sports halls were set up on Monday.
A new wearable device was also announced to help track COVID-19 transmission in Singapore.
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The first batch of TraceTogether tokens will be delivered in the second half of this month. The devices will function similar to the TraceTogether app on smartphones, and will help identify COVID-19 cases as well as their close contacts.
The data will be used to map out the cases’ activities and identify the full range of interactions they may have had.
The tokens will likely be distributed through community centres.