SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 170 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Saturday (Jul 11), including 24 cases in the community, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
The community cases involve seven Singaporeans, six work pass holders and 11 work permit holders. Fifteen of the 24 cases are linked to previous cases or clusters.
Of the 15, five were tested during their quarantine, including a nine-year-old boy Singaporean boy who had visited Madrasah Wak Tanjong Al-Islamiah after the onset of symptoms on Jul 6.
"The rest of the cases were detected through our proactive testing, even though they are all asymptomatic," said MOH, adding that these include workers in essential services.
Saturday's community case count is the fourth time this week the figure has breached the 20 mark.
There were 23 community cases on Jul 6. Prior to that, the last time there were more than 20 community infections in a single day was Apr 24 when there were 25 cases in the community.
About 20 places have been added to MOH's list of locations visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period. These include Tangs department store at Tang Plaza, Bugis Junction, the OCBC Bank at City Square Mall, a KFC outlet at West Mall and the ICA Building.
The new locations are as follows:
MOH also announced one imported case, a 36-year-old work pass holder who had returned to Singapore from India on Jul 6. She was placed on a 14-day stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore.
Most of Singapore's daily COVID-19 cases are work permit holders living in dormitories, with 154 new cases reported on Saturday.
In addition, a new cluster was identified at a dormitory at 53L Tuas South Avenue 1.
"Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased, from an average of nine cases per day in the week before, to an average of 19 per day in the past week," said MOH.
Unlinked cases in the community also increased, from an average of five cases per day in the week before to nine in the past week, the ministry added.
The Health Ministry said 246 more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or released from community isolation facilities, bringing the total number of those who have fully recovered to 42,026.
There are 192 cases who are still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
A total of 3,539 patients are being isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are patients who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.