Jurong Point among places visited by coronavirus patients

Popular bookstore at Jurong Point (above) has been added to the list of places visited by Covid-19 patients while they were still infectious. At least one Covid-19 case visited the store from 12.05pm to 2.30pm on July 26.
Popular bookstore at Jurong Point (above) has been added to the list of places visited by Covid-19 patients while they were still infectious. At least one Covid-19 case visited the store from 12.05pm to 2.30pm on July 26.ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY

908 new cases, with most of them workers in dorms who were among the last to be cleared

The Popular bookstore at Jurong Point has been added to the list of public places visited by Covid-19 patients while they were still infectious.

According to the Ministry of Health's (MOH) update yesterday, the bookstore was visited by at least one Covid-19 case from 12.05pm to 2.30pm on July 26.

The ministry provides this list of locations that Covid-19 patients have visited for more than 30 minutes to get those who were at these places to monitor their health closely for two weeks from the date of their visit.

It has said that close contacts would already have been notified and that there is no need to avoid these places as they would have been cleaned if needed.

The full list can be found on MOH's website.

There were 908 new coronavirus cases confirmed yesterday, one of the highest number of daily cases recorded since cases exceeded 1,000 in April.

Among these, 903 were migrant workers in dormitories who were among the final batch of workers being cleared of the coronavirus, MOH said.

They came from dormitories with a relatively high prevalence of Covid-19 and were tested when they were already in isolation or in quarantine. Many were asymptomatic.

MOH added that all dormitories should be cleared by tomorrow, with the exception of a few blocks in dormitories that serve as quarantine facilities. These currently house about 9,700 workers in quarantine.

"We expect the daily case counts to be high for the coming days, before tapering down thereafter as the inter-agency task force completes the dormitory clearance," the ministry said.

The remaining five cases were four imported patients and a case in the community.

  • Update on cases

  • New cases: 908

    Imported: 4 (3 dependant's pass holders, 1 short-term visit pass holder) 

    In community: 1 ( 1 work permit holder)

    In dormitories: 903

    Active cases: 6,459 

    In hospitals: 126 (1 in ICU)

    In community facilities: 6,333

    Deaths: 27 

    Patients with Covid-19 who died from other causes: 15

    Total discharged: 47,753 

    Discharged yesterday: 314

    TOTAL CASES: 54,254

MOH had said earlier yesterday that there were four cases in the community, but three were re-classified after contact tracing.

The sole community case was a 26-year-old Bangladeshi work permit holder who was picked up as a result of the ministry's proactive screening of those working in essential services.

He is asymptomatic and is currently unlinked to known cases.

Further tests showed that he is no longer infectious and was likely to have been infected in the past.

All four imported cases arrived in Singapore from India on July 22 and were already serving mandatory stay-home notices at dedicated facilities when they were tested.

Three are dependant's pass holders - aged one, four and six. The last is a short-term visit pass holder, aged 63, whose application to enter Singapore was approved as she is an elderly woman whose family are Singapore residents, MOH said.

The average number of new daily community cases during a week has decreased from four cases two weeks ago to two in the past week. The average number of unlinked community cases per day has fallen from two to one over the same period.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2020, with the headline 'Jurong Point among places visited by virus patients'. Print Edition | Subscribe