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

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

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People with masks on along the Singapore River on July 17, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 257 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (Jul 19), with eight infections in the community, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

This brings the total number of cases in the country to 47,912.

Among the community cases, there are two Singaporeans, five work permit holders and one work pass holder.

Of these eight cases, six were picked up as a result of surveillance and screening while one had been placed on quarantine earlier. Seven of the community cases are asymptomatic.

MOH said three of the community cases are linked to previous cases or clusters. Of these, one case had been identified as a contact of a previously confirmed case, and had been placed on quarantine earlier. 

The 28-year-old Indonesian woman, known as Case 47807, was tested during quarantine to determine her status, even though she was asymptomatic. 

Another case was identified from the testing of individuals working in frontline COVID-19 operations. The 47-year-old Vietnamese woman, known as Case 47809, is linked to the Changi Lodge II cluster. 

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The remaining case was swabbed for COVID-19 under enhanced community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor.

The 53-year-old Singaporean woman, known as Case 47945, had gone to work at Toh Guan Dormitory and is linked to the cluster there. 

Five of the community cases are currently unlinked. They are all asymptomatic and were detected from screening. 

Of these, three cases were identified as a result of periodic screening of workers in essential services who are living outside the dormitories. The remaining cases were tested as part of efforts to screen individuals working in frontline COVID-19 operations.

"Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 16 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 10 per day in the past week. 

"The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of eight cases per day in the week before, to an average of six per day in the past week, said MOH.


There are also five imported cases, all of whom had been placed on stay-home notices upon their arrival in Singapore,

Two of them returned to Singapore from India on Jun 26 and Jul 3. A 1-year-old baby, who had been to Azerbaijan, returned on Jul 4. 

The remaining two cases are a dependant’s pass holder and work permit holder who is currently employed in Singapore. They arrived in Singapore from India and Philippines on Jul 7. 

All of the imported cases had been placed on 14-day stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore, and had been tested during that period. 

The rest of the new cases are work permit holders living in foreign worker dormitories, MOH said. No new clusters were reported on Sunday. 

Of the new cases, 98 per cent are linked to known clusters while the rest are pending contact tracing. Further details can be found in the ministry's daily situation report

MOH said the Inter-Agency Task Force has been systematically and progressively clearing dormitories through "aggressive testing" of migrant workers residing there.

"The dormitories at 3 Loyang Way 6 and 216 Tagore Lane have been cleared, and now house only recovered individuals and those who have recently tested negative for COVID-19 infection. As such, the clusters have now been closed," the ministry added.


Several new locations have also been added to the list of places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period. These places include VivoCity, a FairPrice outlet at Sun Plaza, IMM shopping mall, Mustafa Centre, an ActiveSG Gym at Fernvale Square and FilmGarde Bugis+.

new locations Jul 19

MOH said 253 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 44,086 have fully recovered from COVID-19.

There are currently 181 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, with no patients in the intensive care unit. 

A total of 3,618 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. 

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

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Friday that Singapore must be prepared for a second wave of COVID-19 infections, citing a resurgence of cases in places such as South Korea, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong.

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Singapore's COVID-19 multi-ministry task force also announced on Friday that people entering Singapore from Monday with travel history to Australia's Victoria state, Japan and Hong Kong within the last 14 days will have to serve their stay-home notices at dedicated facilities.

All foreign workers living in dormitories, where large clusters of COVID-19 cases have been found, will be tested by mid-August, the task force said.

As of Thursday, about 232,000 of the estimated 300,000 foreign workers who live in dormitories have either recovered or have been tested to be free from the virus.

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Source: CNA/aj