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Singapore reports 396 new COVID-19 cases, including 3 community infections

Singapore reports 396 new COVID-19 cases, including 3 community infections

People with masks on at Paya Lebar Quarter on Jul 15, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 396 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Friday (Jul 31), with three infections in the community, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

This brings the total number of cases in the country to 52,205.

The cases in the community consist of a work pass holder, a work permit holder and a short-term visit pass holder, said the ministry in a later update.

They include a 26-year-old man from India who is a contact of a previous case, Case 48283, and was quarantined earlier. 

He was tested during quarantine to determine his status, even though he is asymptomatic, said MOH.

The other two community cases are currently unlinked. 

One of them is a 67-year-old woman from China who was tested under enhanced community testing for those aged 13 and above who are a diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor. She experienced an onset of symptoms on Jul 28.

The other unlinked community case, a 33-year-old man from India, was detected due to proactive screening of essential workers outside dormitories.

He is asymptomatic, but his serological test result came back positive, indicating a likely past infection, said MOH.

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

There were also three imported cases who were placed on stay-home notices upon their arrival in Singapore. All three had travelled to Singapore from India.

One of these is a 6-year-old Singaporean girl who returned to Singapore on Jul 3. She had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival, and was additionally placed on quarantine after that as she was identified as a contact of previously confirmed cases.

She tested positive for the disease during quarantine.

The other two imported cases are a permanent resident and a dependant's pass holder, both of whom arrived in Singapore on Jul 19.

Both were also placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival.

The vast majority of the new cases are work permit holders staying in foreign worker dormitories.

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

They include Adidas and KFC at Bugis Junction and an Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh outlet along Rangoon Road.

READ: Outlets in Bugis Junction, 2 other restaurants among new locations visited by COVID-19 cases while infectious

Another 183 cases have also been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, said MOH.

In all, 46,491 people have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 136 confirmed cases still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving. No cases are currently in the intensive care unit.

Additionally, 5,551 cases are isolated and cared for at community care facilities. These are cases who have mild symptoms, or who 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 currently in Phase 2 of its reopening, with the gradual resumption of activities.

On Thursday, MOH announced that restrictions on the number of people allowed at two key life events - weddings and wakes/funerals - would be further eased from Aug 4, subject to safe distancing measures.

The authority said the multi-ministry task force recognised the need for "important activities and key life events to continue" during the COVID-19 outbreak and that the move was part of a "careful, calibrated resumption of activities in Phase 2". 

Since the beginning of Phase 2 reopening, marriage solemnisations have been allowed to take place with up to 20 people. 

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Source: CNA/aa


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