Singapore reports 334 new COVID-19 cases, 3 community infections

Singapore reports 334 new COVID-19 cases, 3 community infections

COVID-19 Masked Crowd Tampines Bus Interchange 3
Commuters at Tampines Bus Interchange on Jul 15, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 334 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Wednesday (Jul 29), with three infections in the community, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 51,531.

Among the community infections, there are two Singaporeans and one work pass holder. 

One of the community cases, a 58-year-old Singaporean woman, is part of the 19 Kian Teck Avenue cluster which currently has a total of six confirmed cases. 

The remaining cases, a 28-year-old Singaporean woman and a 56-year-old Indonesian man, are linked to previously confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

All three had been placed on quarantine earlier and were tested during this period, even though they are asymptomatic.

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

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

IMPORTED CASES TRAVELLED FROM PHILIPPINES, INDIA, INDONESIA

There are also four imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore.

One imported case is a Singaporean who returned to Singapore from India on Jul 17. Another is a work pass holder who is currently employed in Singapore and had arrived from the Philippines on Jul 15. 

The remaining two cases are student’s pass holders who arrived from India on Jul 14, and from Indonesia on Jul 17. 



The remaining cases reported on Wednesday are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories. No new clusters were reported on Wednesday.

Of all the new cases, MOH said 99 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 in dormitories. 

More dormitories have been cleared and now house only recovered individuals and those who have recently tested negative for COVID-19 infection. 

As such, the following clusters have now been closed: 

Closed clusters Jul 29, 2020
These dormitories have been cleared of COVID-19. (Image: Ministry of Health)

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MOH said 205 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 46,098 have fully recovered from the infection.

There are currently 184 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 

A further 5,222 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. 

As previously reported, 27 have died from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

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According to preliminary data from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) earlier on Wednesday, Singapore's overall unemployment rate rose in the second quarter to its highest level in more than a decade, as retrenchments more than doubled and total employment declined amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The overall unemployment rate rose to 2.9 per cent from 2.4 per cent in the preceding quarter, while total employment (excluding foreign domestic workers) plunged more than four-fold.

On Monday, President Halimah Yacob said that while the COVID-19 situation in Singapore has stabilised, the crisis is far from over.

The pandemic, which has killed more than 640,000 people worldwide, is the "crisis of a generation" and could set Singapore back for many years, Madam Halimah said.

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Source: CNA/aa

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