The Big Story: 42 new local Covid-19 cases in S'pore, including 33 linked to KTV cluster

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Singapore reported 48 new Covid-19 cases as of noon on Thursday (July 15). Of these, 42 were locally transmitted, including 33 who were linked to the growing KTV cluster. That cluster now has 87 cases.

The remaining six cases are imported.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung has urged those who have visited the clubs or similar KTV lounges operating as F&B outlets to come forward for confidential Covid-19 testing.

Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of NUS' Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, discusses the Government's approach in handling the growing cluster, and how the recent developments may affect Singapore's reopening plans.

Looking overseas, daily new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia have hit a new record for the third straight day. Over 13,200 infections were reported in the country.

Meanwhile, Indonesia, which saw its daily Covid-19 cases surpassing India’s on Wednesday, is bracing for a further worsening of the outbreak. Thailand, which is dealing with the possibility that an influx of international travellers could worsen the Covid-19 situation, reported a daily record of 98 deaths on Thursday. 

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