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399 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 9 community infections of which 6 are unlinked

399 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 9 community infections of which 6 are unlinked

Pedestrians at Robinson Road on Jul 17, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 399 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Tuesday (Jul 21), with nine infections in the community, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

This brings the total number of cases in the country to 48,434.

"The higher number of cases today is mainly due to a batch of test results from the previous day reported to MOH after the 12pm cut-off for yesterday’s reporting," said the ministry. 

The community cases comprise a Singaporean, three work pass holders and five work permit holders.

Seven were picked up as a result of surveillance and screening and two had already been placed on quarantine earlier. Eight of the cases are asymptomatic, and were detected through testing.

Three of the community cases linked to previous cases or clusters. Of these, two had been identified as contacts of previously confirmed cases and had been placed on quarantine earlier. They are asymptomatic and were tested during quarantine to determine their status. 

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

The remaining case, a 23-year-old Malaysian, is also asymptomatic and was swabbed as part efforts to screen individuals working in frontline COVID-19 operations. 

The man, known as Case 48154, is linked to the cluster at Toh Guan Dormitory. A total of 855 confirmed COVID-19 infections have been linked to the dormitory at 19A Toh Guan Road East. 

Epidemiological investigations are in progress for the six unlinked cases. All of them were detected from proactive screening of workers in essential services who are living outside the dormitories, even though five of them are asymptomatic.

The unlinked cases comprise three Indian nationals, two Bangladesh nationals and one Chinese national. 

Serological tests will be conducted for their household contacts to determine if these cases could have been infected by them.

JOO CHIAT COMPLEX FAIRPRICE ADDED TO LIST OF PLACES VISITED BY COVID-19 CASES WHILE INFECTIOUS

A FairPrice outlet at Joo Chiat Complex was added to the list of locations visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period. It was visited on Jul 13 from 7.35pm to 8.40pm, and those who have been identified as close contacts of the confirmed cases would have already been notified by MOH.

There are also three imported cases who were isolated or placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore. 

The cases include two work pass holders who arrived in Singapore from India on Jul 9. Both men, who are Indian nationals, were asymptomatic. 

The remaining case had arrived in Singapore from the Philippines on Jul 19 and was taken directly to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases as he was symptomatic. The Philippine national is a seaman currently holding a special pass who will join a vessel that called in Singapore's port. 

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"Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 13 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 seven cases per day in the week before, to an average of six per day in the past week," said the ministry.

The rest of the new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, MOH added. No new clusters were reported. 

Of the new cases, 96 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. 

Woodlands Lodge II (190 Woodlands Industrial Park E7) and SSKBJV Dormitory (31A Tanah Merah Coast Road) 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. 

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MOH said 213 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 44,584 have fully recovered from COVID-19.

There are 170 cases who are still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, with no patients in the intensive care unit. 

A total of 3,653 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. 




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More shopping malls and eateries were on Monday added to MOH's list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases while infectious.

The locations also included a gym, ChimpChamp Fitness at Orchard Gateway, and a spa, Yunomori Onsen and Spa at Kallang Wave Mall.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said last Friday that Singapore must be prepared for a second wave of COVID-19 infections, citing the resurgence of cases in other countries.

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Source: CNA/dv

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