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307 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore, including 1 community case and 5 imported

307 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore, including 1 community case and 5 imported

Office workers wearing face masks take their lunch break at the central business district amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore on Jun 2, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 307 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Saturday (Aug 1), including one community infection, a Singaporean woman whose case is currently unlinked.  

The woman, aged 26, was tested as she had been diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

There were also five new imported cases, comprising two work pass holders, two dependant's pass holders and one long-term visit pass holder, who were placed on stay-home notices upon their arrival in Singapore.

They had travelled from China, the Philippines and India. 

One of them, a one-year-old boy who travelled from India, was a contact of an earlier case.

The vast majority of the new infections are work permit holders staying in foreign worker dormitories, with 301 cases reported on Saturday.

Singapore's tally of COVID-19 cases now stands at 52,512.

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

It added that the number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of four per day in the week before, to an average of one per day in the past week.

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

Five new locations were also added to the list of places visited by COVID-19 community cases during their infectious period. 

They include IKEA Alexandra, Omakase Burger at Wisma Atria and Giant supermarket at Sunshine Place.

READ: IKEA Alexandra, Wisma Atria burger joint among new locations visited by COVID-19 cases while infectious

A total of 249 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total who have fully recovered and discharged to 46,740, said MOH. 

There are 117 cases who are still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and no-one is in the intensive care unit.

A total of 5,628 are being 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.

READ: COVID-19 restrictions to further ease for weddings, funerals from Aug 4; more people allowed to attend

Singapore is in Phase 2 of its reopening after almost two months of a "circuit breaker" period that was aimed at curbing the number of COVID-19 infections. 

Since Phase 2 began, most activities have resumed, with strict safe distancing measures in place. 

On Thursday, MOH announced that restrictions would be further eased on the number of people allowed at two key life events - weddings and wakes as well as funerals.

From Aug 4, up to 50 people will be allowed at marriage solemnisations. This includes the couple, but excludes the solemniser and vendors.

At wakes and funerals, up to 30 people will be allowed from Aug 4 to pay their last respects.

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Source: CNA/aj


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