322 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 7 of 11 cases in the community are unlinked

322 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 7 of 11 cases in the community are unlinked

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Members of the public queue to enter Ngee Ann City in Orchard on Jun 19, the first day the shopping centre was allowed to reopen after Singapore's circuit breaker. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 322 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Monday (Jul 13), including 11 in the community and five imported cases, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

The community cases comprise a Singaporean, a permanent resident and nine work pass holders. 

Four of the community cases were linked to previous cases or clusters, said MOH. 

Of these, two had been identified as contacts of previously confirmed cases, and had been tested during their quarantine to determine their status, even though they were asymptomatic.

Another case was swabbed as he works in essential services, while the remaining case was tested as part of efforts to screen individuals working in frontline COVID-19 operations.

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

Of these, six were asymptomatic, and were identified from the periodic screening of workers in essential services who are living outside the dormitories. 

The remaining case was tested for COVID-19 after he sought treatment for symptoms.

"Epidemiological investigations of the unlinked cases are in progress," said the ministry. 

"In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the cases have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that we can detect asymptomatic cases."

MOH added that it will also conduct serological tests for their household contacts to determine if these cases could have been infected by them.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased, from an average of 12 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 14 per day in the past week.

"The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased, from an average of 6 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 8 per day in the past week," added the ministry. 

The following new locations were added to the list of places visited by COVID-19 cases while they were infectious: 

Jul 1 - Seletar Mall 

  • Spectacle Hut
  • FairPrice Finest

Jul 1 - The Bedok Market Place 

  • Giant

Jul 2 - Marina Bay Sands Casino 
Jul 5 - Marina Bay Sands Casino 

UPDATED MAP: All the places that COVID-19 community cases visited while they were infectious 

256 MORE CASES DISCHARGED

Another 256 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 42,541 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

MOH added there were 166 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, with one patient in a critical condition in the intensive care unit. 

There are 3,550 cases who 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-six patients in Singapore have died from complications due to COVID-19.

IMPORTED CASES FROM INDIA, PAKISTAN, PHILIPPINES

The five imported cases had been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving their notice, said MOH.

Two of the imported cases are permanent residents who returned from India on Jul 6 and from Pakistan on Jun 20  respectively.

Another two of the imported cases are work pass holders who are currently employed in Singapore and arrived from the Philippines on Jun 30. 

The remaining case is a dependant’s pass holder who returned to Singapore from the US on Jun 30. 

Singapore's tally of COVID-19 cases now stands at 46,283. 

The remaining 306 cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories. 

"The higher number of cases today is mainly due to fewer tests being conducted by the COVID-19 testing laboratories over the public holiday and weekend on Jul 10 and Jul 11, with the backlog of samples being cleared from Jul 12," said MOH.

"The number of cases reported for Jul 9 and before were not affected."

MOH also reported a new cluster at a dormitory at 59H Tuas South Avenue 1 after five of the newly confirmed cases were linked to a previous case.

READ: 12 people deported, barred from re-entering Singapore after flouting COVID-19 circuit breaker rules



3 CASES ARE EMPLOYEES OF MINI ENVIRONMENT SERVICE; MOH ORDERS COMPANY TO CLOSE FOR 14 DAYS FOR BREACHING SAFE DISTANCING MEASURES

In the release, MOH said it had earlier identified three cases who are employees of Mini Environment Service. 

The company was investigated for its compliance with safe management and safe distancing measures. 

"As there were non-compliances observed, MOH has directed that the workplace be closed for a period of 14 days, from Jul 13 to Jul 26 (inclusive), under Section 19 of the Infectious Diseases Act to prevent further spread at the workplace," said MOH. 

The closure will allow the company to review and tighten its safe management measures, said the ministry. 

Close contacts of the cases had been placed on quarantine earlier, and all its employees will also be placed under health surveillance and tested for COVID-19.

Singapore entered Phase 2 of its reopening on Jun 19, with the gradual resumption of operations by more businesses.

Starting Monday, cinemas are allowed to reopen, but are limited to up to 50 patrons in each cinema hall. Patrons must also wear a face mask in the cinema hall and observe the 1m safe distancing requirement, except for groups of up to five who are friends or family.

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