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218 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore, including 2 community cases

218 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore, including 2 community cases

Orchard Road on Jun 19, the first day of Phase 2 of Singapore's reopening. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Singapore confirmed 218 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Saturday (Jun 20), bringing the country's total to 41,833.

Two are community cases, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its preliminary daily update.

In an evening update, MOH said that the two community cases are work permit holders. One is an essential services worker, who was picked up as a result of proactive surveillance and screening, while the other had already been placed on quarantine. 

The remaining 216 cases are work permit holders living in foreign worker dormitories.



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Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased to an average of four cases per day in the past week, compared to eight cases per day the week before. 

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased to an average of two per day in the past week from an average of three cases per day the week before. 

A total of 765 more COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 34,224 patients have fully recovered and been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities. 

There are currently 185 confirmed cases still in hospital, said MOH. Of these, most are stable and improving, and one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 

A total of 7,398 patients have been isolated and are being cared for in community facilities. 

A prison inmate on a social visit pass was among the 142 new cases announced on Friday.

The 21-year-old Sri Lankan man arrived in Singapore before the implementation of border measures, MOH said. He had been segregated from the general inmate population since his admission to Changi Prison on Jun 6.

The inmate has no links to four earlier COVID-19 cases at Changi Prison, the ministry added.

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On Friday, shops and food and beverage outlets across Singapore welcomed customers as Phase 2 of the post-"circuit breaker" reopening began. 

Long queues were seen at the entrances of malls and some shops in Orchard Road. Many restaurants were also filled, with diners eager to have a meal outside their homes for the first time in more than two months. 

Sports facilitiesplaygrounds and beaches also reopened on Friday. Other public facilities like libraries, museums, barbecue pits and camping sites will progressively open later.

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Source: CNA/cy

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