Singapore reports 517 new COVID-19 cases, including 15 asymptomatic cases in the community
SINGAPORE: Thirteen of the 15 new COVID-19 community cases reported in Singapore on Thursday (Jun 4) live in a shophouse on Veerasamy Road with an earlier confirmed case, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
The 15 community cases, all asymptomatic, were among the 517 new cases reported earlier on Thursday.
The new infections take the total number of cases in Singapore to 36,922.
MOH said the 15 new community cases have been placed in quarantine.
"They are all asymptomatic, but we had swabbed them to confirm and verify their status.
"Among them, three have positive serological test results, which is indicative of past infections. Eight serological tests have come back negative and two results are pending," said MOH.
A breakdown of these 15 cases from MOH showed 13 of them are male Indian nationals aged between 30 and 48 years old.
The other two are permanent residents, aged 24 and 78.
All 15 men were confirmed to have COVID-19 on Jun 3.
There were 502 cases among work permit holders residing in dormitories and no imported cases.
NUMBER OF DISCHARGED CASES
In total, 322 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.
In all, 23,904 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.
There are currently 303 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, MOH added.
Of these, most are stable or improving and five are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. In total, 12,691 are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.
Four new clusters were also identified: A worksite at Kampong Bugis, a dormitory at 212 Tagore Lane, a dormitory at 63 Tuas South Avenue 1 and a dormitory at 109 Ubi Avenue 4.
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Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said in Parliament on Thursday that Singapore faces a “real risk” of a resurgence in the number of COVID-19 cases or clusters if it resumes too many activities too quickly.
Should that happen, Singapore will have to reimpose strict measures and slow down the pace of opening, he cautioned.
As restrictions are eased and more activities resume, it becomes even "more critical" that people exercise strong social responsibility to ensure that community transmission remains low, said Mr Gan.
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Phase 2 could start before the end of June if the number of COVID-19 transmissions in the community remains low and stable, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong last week.