SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 13 new COVID-19 infections in the community as of noon on Saturday (Jun 26), including four with no links to previous cases.
Nine infections were linked to previous cases. Five of them had been placed in quarantine earlier and four were detected through surveillance testing, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
An 84-year-old Singaporean woman died on Saturday from complications due to COVID-19, becoming the 36th fatality in Singapore.
The woman was not vaccinated against COVID-19, and had a history of cancer, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia, MOH said.
Identified as Case 64255, the woman’s infection was detected on Jun 15 through community surveillance testing for visitors to Blocks 115 and 116 Bukit Merah View.
The National Centre for Infectious Diseases has reached out to her family and is extending assistance to them, said MOH.
CGH NURSE, NAVY SERVICEMAN AMONG UNLINKED CASES
A 21-year-old nurse who works at Changi General Hospital (CGH) was among the four unlinked community cases. Identified as Case 64464, she was fully vaccinated.
She underwent rostered routine testing on Jun 23, and developed a fever and runny nose the next day. Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 on Jun 25. Her serology test result was negative for the N antigen, suggesting the presence of early infection, said MOH.
The nurse’s earlier results from rostered routine testing had all come back negative, with the last being on Jun 14.
Another unlinked case was a 27-year-old serviceman in the Republic of Singapore Navy, who was fully vaccinated. The man had been identified as a close contact of an earlier case, a 57-year-old who works as a promoter at Guardian in ION Orchard. The serviceman was placed in quarantine on Jun 10.
He tested negative for COVID-19 in tests taken on Jun 10, Jun 11, Jun 18 and Jun 21 while in quarantine. His quarantine ended on Jun 22, but he subsequently developed a fever on the evening of Jun 24.
He sought medical treatment at a polyclinic the next day, and both his antigen rapid test (ART) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test came back positive. His serology test result was pending.
In a separate news release, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said the serviceman last visited Tuas Naval Base on Jun 24.
“As part of precautionary measures in place, the (Singapore Armed Forces) has carried out immediate and thorough disinfection of the premises the serviceman had been in,” said MINDEF.
Those identified as close contacts were also swab tested for COVID-19 and placed under quarantine. The serviceman was warded at Parkway East Hospital, and SAF has been in contact with him and his family to provide support and assistance, added MINDEF.
A 32-year-old woman who works as an administrative staff member at Walt Disney was the third unlinked case.
She developed a fever, cough and body aches on Jun 16 but did not seek medical attention until Jun 21 through a telehealth provider. She was not referred for a COVID-19 test, said MOH.
On Jun 24, the woman sought medical treatment at a clinic, where she was tested for COVID-19. The result came back positive the next day, and her serology test result was also positive.
The remaining unlinked case was a 76-year-old retiree. Her infection was detected when she sought medical treatment at Singapore General Hospital for an unrelated medical condition on Jun 25, and was tested for COVID-19.
Her test result came back positive the next day, and her serology test result was pending.
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CGH CLUSTER GROWS WITH TWO MORE CASES
Two more cases were linked to a cluster at CGH, which now totals five cases. All of the cases work as porters at the hospital.
The new cases were a 48-year-old Singaporean woman and a 66-year-old Singaporean man who work as porters. Both were fully vaccinated, and were workplace contacts of the other cases in the cluster.
The woman was placed in quarantine on Jun 24 and tested positive for COIVD-19 on Jun 25 during quarantine. Her earlier tests from rostered routine testing were all negative, the last being on Jun 22. Her serology test result was pending.
The man developed symptoms on Jun 23 and sought treatment at a clinic the next day where he was tested for COVID-19. His test came back positive on Jun 24.
The man’s earlier tests from rostered routine testing, the last being on Jun 21, were all negative. His serology test result was negative for the N antigen, suggesting the presence of early infection, said MOH.
BLOCK 115 BUKIT MERAH VIEW MARKET AND FOOD CENTRE CLUSTER
Two more cases were linked to the cluster at Block 115 Bukit Merah View Market and Food Centre, bringing the total number of cases in the cluster to 89.
They were: A 28-year-old Singapore Police Force officer deployed at the Bukit Merah West Neighbourhood Police Centre, and a 31-year-old waitress at Cheflix Restaurant.
The fully vaccinated officer was last at work on Jun 22. She developed a runny nose on Jun 25 and sought medical treatment at a clinic on the same day. She underwent both an ART and PCR test.
She was immediately isolated when her ART test came back positive for COVID-19 on the same day. Her PCR test also came back positive on Jun 25. Her serology test result was pending.
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OTHER LINKED CASES
An 86-year-old retiree who attended day care at St Luke’s ElderCare in Hougang Meadow Centre was linked to the cluster involving Case 64264, a 32-year-old Indonesian domestic worker.
He had been identified as a close contact with an earlier case and was placed on quarantine, during which he developed symptoms and tested positive on Jun 25.
A 34-year-old Filipino domestic worker was linked to the cluster at Block 119 Bukit Merah View. She developed a fever and cough on Jun 24 but did not seek medical attention, and was detected on Jun 25 through community surveillance testing for residents of the Bukit Merah View area.
A 43-year-old Indonesian domestic worker was linked to the cluster at Block 105 Henderson Crescent. She developed symptoms on Jun 24 but did not seek medical attention, and was detected the next day during community surveillance testing for residents of the block.
The cluster involving Case 64349, a 24-year-old Prudential financial consultant, grew with two more cases.
They were: A 22-year-old trainee engineer at Skyworks Global and a 26-year-old man who works at Helping Hands Cleaning Services. Both tested positive during quarantine.
There were also four imported cases, who were all placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore.
One was a Singaporean and two were permanent residents who returned from India and the United Kingdom.
The remaining imported case was a short-term visit pass holder who arrived from Saudi Arabia for a work project in Singapore.
No new infections were reported in migrant workers’ dormitories.
In all, Singapore reported 17 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.
SPA VISITED BY COMMUNITY CASES
Healthy Path Spa at 84 Bedok North Street 4 was added to a list of public places visited by COVID-19 community cases during their infectious period.
The spa was visited on Jun 17 between 12.50pm and 1.20pm. People identified as close contacts of confirmed cases would have been notified, said MOH.
FOUR IN CRITICAL CONDITION
Twenty more COVID-19 cases were discharged, bringing the number of full recoveries in Singapore to 62,181.
There were 143 cases still in hospital, most of whom were stable or improving. Four people were in critical condition in the intensive care unit. Another 170 were isolated and cared for at community facilities.
Overall, the number of new cases in the community decreased from 109 cases in the week before to 92 cases in the past week.
The number of unlinked cases in the community increased from 13 cases in the week before to 19 cases in the past week.
Among the 127 cases reported from Jun 20 to Jun 26, 39 cases tested positive for their serology tests, 74 tested negative and 14 results were pending.
As of Saturday, Singapore has reported a total of 62,530 COVID-19 cases and 36 deaths.