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Singapore reports 151 new COVID-19 cases, including 2 in the community

Singapore reports 151 new COVID-19 cases, including 2 in the community

Office workers scan a QR code for SafeEntry digital check-in before entering a building at Raffles Place. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 151 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tuesday (Jun 16), taking the national total to 40,969. 

The new infections include two work permit holders in the community. Both were detected as a result of proactive screening of workers in essential services, even though they were asymptomatic. The workers had been identified as work pass holders in the preliminary update. 

Serological tests for one of the work permit holders - Case 40857 - have come back positive, which indicates likely past infection, said MOH. The test result for the remaining case is pending. 

"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 seven per day in the past week," MOH said.

The rest of the 149 new cases are work permit holders living in dormitories. 

There were no new clusters reported. 

The Ministry of Manpower also declared on Tuesday 42 more worker dormitories cleared of COVID-19, bringing the total number to 132. As of Monday, there are 75,000 migrant workers staying in cleared premises.

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MOH added two more places, both near Jalan Besar, to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases while they were infectious.

They are: Sri Murugan Trading, a grocery store at 86 Syed Alwi Road and Prime supermarket at 803 King George’s Avenue.

A separate entry for Sheng Siong supermarket at 1 Jalan Berseh was also added, with the time of the visit indicated as 5.30pm to 6.00pm on Jun 14. 

The full list of places:

(Source: MOH)

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97 per cent of the new cases are linked to known clusters.

MOH said 797 more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or released from community isolation facilities. In all, 31,163 have fully recovered from the disease.

There are 269 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable and improving, while two are in critical condition at the intensive care unit.

A total of 9,511 people are isolated and cared for at community facilities.​​​​​​​

Singapore will begin the second phase of its reopening on Friday.

Small gatherings of up to five people will be allowed to resume, along with dining in at food and beverage outlets. Retail businesses may also reopen their physical outlets. 

Beaches, parks and sports facilities will also be allowed to reopen.

However activities that involve large numbers of people who are likely to come into close contact for prolonged periods of time “will take more time” to resume, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong on Monday.

These include religious services, large cultural venues such as museums and libraries, large-scale events such as concerts and exhibitions, as well as entertainment venues such as bars, nightclubs, karaoke outlets, cinemas and theatres. 

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Source: CNA/zl(nc)


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