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277 new Covid-19 infections in Singapore; one new cluster identified at Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub

SINGAPORE — Singapore has confirmed 277 new cases of Covid-19, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a press release on Friday (July 24).

 

SINGAPORE — Singapore has confirmed 277 new cases of Covid-19, including three that are in the community, two that are imported and 272 who are migrant workers staying in dormitories.

In a press release on Friday (July 24), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that the two imported cases are dependant’s pass holders from India who arrived on July 12.

A dependant's pass allows the spouses and children of employment or S-pass holders to live with them in Singapore.

The two women — aged 25 and 27 — had been placed on 14-day stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore, and had been tested while serving their notices.

For the three cases in the community, all are work permit holders.

Two of the community cases are linked to previous cases or clusters while the remaining one has no links.

MOH said that investigations are ongoing for the case with no known sources of infection.

“In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the cases have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that we can detect asymptomatic cases,” it said.

“We will also conduct serological tests for their household contacts to determine if these cases could have been infected by them.”

A serological test is used to check if a person had an infection in the past, or on someone who is asymptomatic or has a very low viral load.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has gone down from an average of 11 a day in the week before, to an average of eight a day in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also gone down from an average of six a day in the week before, to an average of four a day in the past week.

“We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme,” MOH said.

ONE NEW CLUSTER FOUND

MOH also said it has identified one new cluster of infections: The Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub at 15 Petir Road.

At the same time, the inter-agency task force handling the infection controls at foreign worker dormitories has been “systematically and progressively clearing dormitories through aggressive testing of migrant workers residing in dormitories”, it added.

As a result, the Cochrane Lodge I located at 51 Admiralty Road West has been cleared of the disease and now houses only recovered individuals and those who have recently tested negative for coronavirus. It is no longer classified as a cluster.

UPDATES ON THE REMAINING CASES

In all, the total number of infections in Singapore now stands at 49,375.

Of these, 45,172 people have fully recovered and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities, including the 157 on Friday.

There are still 157 patients in hospitals and most are in stable condition or improving. No one is in critical condition under intensive care.

Another 4,019 patients are 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.

Twenty-seven people have died from complications due to Covid-19.

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