The Big Story: 15 new Covid-19 community cases in S'pore, 7 unlinked

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There were 18 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at noon on Tuesday (June 1), including 15 community cases.

Of these local cases, seven are currently unlinked. The other eight linked cases comprised six cases which had already been placed on quarantine, and two detected through surveillance.

Meanwhile, mandatory Covid-19 tests began for residents of three housing blocks in Yishun and Hougang on Tuesday.

Residents of Block 745 Yishun Street 72 were being tested after the Health Ministry said on Monday that there was "likely Covid-19 transmission" in the block.

Testing was scheduled to take place at the void deck from 9am to 4pm for two days.

Across the causeway, Malaysia goes into a two-week nationwide lockdown on Tuesday.

Slated to last till June 14, the lockdown only allows essential sectors to continue to operate, and people limited to travel within a 10-kilometre radius of their homes.

Malaysia bureau chief Shannon Teoh discusses the lockdown measures and potential impact on the country's economy.

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