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2 new Covid-19 clusters in Jurong, Seletar North dormitories

The Covid-19 cluster at Avery Lodge Dormitory is one of the two announced on Sept 10, 2020.
The Covid-19 cluster at Avery Lodge Dormitory is one of the two announced on Sept 10, 2020.PHOTO: ST FILE

There were 63 new coronavirus cases confirmed as of noon yesterday, taking Singapore's total to 57,229.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) also announced two new Covid-19 clusters in dormitories yesterday.

A total of 26 newly confirmed cases were linked to nine previous cases to form a new cluster at Avery Lodge Dormitory in the Jurong area.

Eight patients that were earlier confirmed were also linked to form a new cluster at PPT Lodge 1A in Seletar North, said MOH.

The new cases announced yesterday included two community cases, comprising a Singaporean and a work permit holder.

The Singaporean, a 36-year-old man, was linked to three previous imported cases who are his family members. They had returned from India on Aug 24, and were placed on stay-home notices at a dedicated facility upon arrival in Singapore.

While the man had not travelled overseas with them, he requested to take care of his spouse and young children at the quarantine facility, and was isolated with them from Aug 24, said MOH.

The other case in the community, a 33-year-old Chinese national, was unlinked to other patients as of yesterday. He was detected as a result of rostered routine testing of workers in the construction, marine and process sectors who stay outside dormitories. This was even though he did not show symptoms.

Meanwhile, six new imported cases were announced yesterday.

Among them is a Singaporean who returned to Singapore from the United Arab Emirates on Aug 29.

Four of them are workers currently employed here. One is a work pass holder who arrived from Bangladesh on Aug 31, while another work pass holder arrived from Russia on Aug 29. Two work permit holders arrived from Indonesia on Aug 29.​

  • Update on cases

    New cases: 63

    Imported: 6 (1 Singaporean, 2 work pass holders, 2 work permit holders, 1 student's pass holder) 

    In community: 2 (1 Singaporean, 1 work permit holder)

    In dormitories: 55

    Active cases: 644

    In hospitals: 47 (0 in ICU)

    In community facilities: 597

    Deaths: 27 

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

    Total discharged: 56,543 

    Discharged yesterday: 66

    TOTAL CASES: 57,229

The remaining imported patient is a student's pass holder who arrived from the Philippines on Aug 27.

All of them were placed on 14-day stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore, and were tested while serving their notices at dedicated facilities.

One new location was added to the list of places visited by infectious Covid-19 patients yesterday.

Yaleju-Tong Bei Huo Guo, a restaurant at 149 Geylang Road, was visited by at least one patient between 10am and 12.05pm on Aug 30, said MOH.

Migrant workers staying in dormitories made up the remaining 55 new coronavirus patients announced yesterday.

The average number of new daily cases in the community in a week has decreased from three cases two weeks ago to two in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community in a week has also decreased from a daily average of two cases to one over the same period.

With 66 cases discharged yesterday, 56,543 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 47 patients remained in hospital, with none in intensive care, while 597 were recuperating in community facilities.

Singapore has had 27 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2020, with the headline '2 new Covid-19 clusters in Jurong, Seletar North dormitories'. Print Edition | Subscribe