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Singapore reports 125 new COVID-19 infections; 11 unlinked cases among 21 cases in the community

Singapore reports 125 new COVID-19 infections; 11 unlinked cases among 21 cases in the community

Members of the public visit a durian stall at Toa Payoh Central on Jun 19. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 125 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Thursday (Jul 9), including 21 community infections, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

There are 11 unlinked cases among the new community infections, the health ministry reported.

A 38-year-old male Bangladeshi national who tested positive for COVID-19 died on Tuesday. The man was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital on Jun 28 after suffering a seizure, and subsequently developed intracranial haemorrhage.

"The preliminary cause of death is cardiorespiratory failure, pending further investigations by the coroner," said MOH. 

His death was not added to the official death toll, which stands at 26.

"Only cases where the attending doctor or pathologist attributes the primary or underlying cause of death as due to COVID-19 infection will be added to the COVID-19 death count," MOH said. 

"This is consistent with international practice for classifying deaths."

11 COMMUNITY CASES UNLINKED

The 21 new community cases include three Singaporeans, a permanent resident, three work pass holders and 14 work permit holders.

"Of the 21 cases in the community, 11 were picked up as a result of our proactive surveillance and screening, and five had already been placed on quarantine earlier," said MOH. 

Fifteen of the cases were asymptomatic, and were detected through the ministry's proactive testing.

Eleven of the community cases are currently unlinked, said MOH. Of these, six cases were detected from proactive testing, while four of them were tested as they work in essential services, even though they were asymptomatic.

The other two cases were swabbed as part of MOH's efforts to screen individuals working in frontline COVID-19 operations.

Of the remaining cases, four were swabbed under the ministry's enhanced community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor.

Ten of the community cases are linked to previous cases or clusters, said MOH. 

Of these, five had been identified as contacts of previously confirmed cases, and were tested during their quarantine.

The other five cases were all asymptomatic, and were detected during proactive screening of workers in essential services.

"Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased, from an average of nine cases per day in the week before, to an average of 16 per day in the past week," MOH said. 

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also risen, from an average of four cases per day in the week before, to an average of eight per day in the past week. 

UPDATED MAP: Places that COVID-19 community cases visited while they were infectious 

ONE IMPORTED CASE FROM INDIA

One imported case was reported on Thursday.

The 23-year-old permanent resident was placed on a stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore from India on Jun 23.

She was tested while serving her stay-home notice.

The remaining cases are 103 work permit holders living in foreign worker dormitories. No new clusters were identified.

322 MORE DISCHARGED

MOH reported that 322 more COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. 

In all, 41,645 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 197 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and one is in a critical condition in the intensive care unit. 

A total of 3,554 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are people who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19. 

LOCATIONS VISITED BY COVID-19 CASES

Around 30 locations have been added to a list of places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period.

The locations include a driving centre, malls and food and beverage outlets visited by the confirmed cases between Jun 25 and Jul 7.

READ: Around 30 locations added to list of places visited by COVID-19 cases while infectious

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

TESTING AT TAMPINES BLOCK

MOH announced on Jul 2 it has placed 58 households living at Block 111 Tampines Street 11 under active phone surveillance and is facilitating COVID-19 testing for them and their visitors. 

"This is a precautionary measure after MOH had detected nine confirmed cases from two households residing at the block. 

"All infected individuals from these two households have been isolated earlier and are recovering in hospitals or community care facilities," said the ministry. 

A total of 123 residents and visitors have been tested so far, and all the results have come back negative for COVID-19. 

Epidemiological investigations are ongoing, but there is currently no evidence of spread beyond the two households, the health ministry added.



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On Wednesday Singapore reported 158 new COVID-19 cases, including a 69-year-old-Singaporean man who was found unresponsive at home. 

The man, identified as Case 45227, died on Tuesday. He had been found unresponsive at home and was taken to Sengkang General Hospital’s emergency department. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on the same day.

He also had a history of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, hypothyroidism and chronic kidney disease.

"The preliminary cause of death is cardiorespiratory failure, pending further investigations by the coroner," said MOH.

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Source: CNA/lk

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