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119 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore, including 3 community cases

119 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore, including 3 community cases

A coffee shop in Toa Payoh sees the return of lunchtime crowds on Jun 19, 2020, the first day of Phase 2 of Singapore's reopening. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 119 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Tuesday (Jun 23), including three cases in the community. This brings Singapore's total to 42,432. 

The latest figure represents the lowest number of new cases since Apr 7 when 106 new infections were reported.

The community cases involve one permanent resident, a work pass holder and a work permit holder, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its preliminary daily update.

The vast majority of cases are work permit holders living in foreign worker dormitories.

In its nightly update, MOH said that case 28,388, a 48-year-old Indian national, died on Tuesday after having recovered from COVID-19. 

He was taken to the emergency department at Singapore General Hospital after fainting on Tuesday morning at a temporary housing site for migrant workers. 

He had been confirmed to have COVID-19 on May 15 and had recovered from the infection. 

The cause of death was ischaemic heart disease, said the ministry.

MOH identified a Seoul Garden restaurant at the Northpoint City mall as a place visited by cases in the community during their infectious period.

The full list of places:

(Table: MOH)

No new clusters were announced by the ministry.

A total of 405 more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or released from community isolation facilities, bringing the total number of fully recovered cases to 35,995.

There are 192 cases still in hospital. Of these, most are stable and improving, and one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 

A total of 6,219 cases are being isolated and cared for at community facilities. 

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On Tuesday, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said another 31 migrant workers dormitories, housing about 3,700 residents, have been cleared of COVID-19.

This brings the total number of migrant workers cleared of COVID-19 to 79,000. The figure, correct as of 22 Jun, includes those residing in government-provided accommodation facilities.

Singapore entered Phase 2 of its reopening last Friday after a "circuit breaker" period aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Under Phase 2, physical retail shops have been allowed to reopen and F&B establishments able to resume dine-in services, with the necessary safe management measures to prevent COVID-19.

Outdoor facilities and sports clubs have also been allowed to resume, as have tuition and other private enrichment classes, with the exception of singing or voice training classes.

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Social gatherings of up to five people are now allowed, and households may also receive up to five visitors at any one time.

Worship services have been given the go ahead to resume from this Friday, starting with up to 50 people at a time.

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Source: CNA/ga


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