80-year-old S'porean woman is among 4 Covid-19 cases in the community; 3 new clusters identified at dorms

A foreign worker receiving a swab test at Toh Guan Dormitory on May 2, 2020.
A foreign worker receiving a swab test at Toh Guan Dormitory on May 2, 2020.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE -An 80-year-old Singaporean woman is among four new Covid-19 cases in the community that were announced on Tuesday (June 2).

She is a family member of a previous confirmed case, a 48-year-old Singaporean man who was confirmed to have the virus on May 29.

She had earlier been placed on quarantine and was confirmed to have the virus on Monday after showing symptoms on May 17.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 544 new coronavirus cases in Singapore on Tuesday, bringing the total to 35,836. Of the new cases, 540 are foreign workers living in dormitories.

There were no imported cases, and 99 per cent of the new cases are linked to known clusters.

The remaining community cases comprise three work pass holders, who are all men and tested positive for the virus on Monday.

One of them is a 33-year-old Indian national who was asymptomatic and found to have the virus as a result of proactive screening of migrant workers working in essential services. He is currently unlinked to other cases.

The other two are both contacts of previously announced cases.

One is a 47-year-old Indian national who began showing symptoms on May 31, and the other, a 41-year-old China national who started showing symptoms on May 22.

Three new clusters were confirmed on Tuesday. All are dormitories. They are at 6 Tuas View Square, 65 & 67 Tuas View Walk 2 and 18 Woodlands Industrial Park E1 .

While the ministry did not add to its list of public places visited by community cases while they were infectious, it said there was no need to avoid the listed places.

It also said the National Environment Agency will engage the management of these premises to give guidance on cleaning and disinfection.

Some of the places include wet markets, supermarkets, hawker centres, and malls such as Parkway Parade, Jurong Point, Jem and Junction 8. The full list, with the dates and time of the patients' visits, are on the ministry's website.

Those who have been to the places should monitor their health for 14 days from the date of visit said the ministry, adding that they should visit a doctor promptly if they develop fever, respiratory symptoms or loss of taste or smell.

Those identified as close contacts of confirmed cases would already have been notified by the MOH.

Separately, Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee said in a virtual interview on Tuesday that 35,000 preschool and early intervention staff have tested negative for Covid-19 infection, while 14 have tested positive.

The daily average for new community cases has decreased to four in the past week from seven the week before, said MOH. Across the same periods, the number of unlinked cases has remained stable at an average of two per day.

The MOH also said 709 more patients were discharged, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 23,166.

Currently, 331 confirmed cases are in hospital, with six in critical condition in intensive care.

Another 12,306 are isolated and cared for at community facilities, which are for those with mild symptoms or who are clinically well but still tested positive for Covid-19.

Singapore has seen 24 deaths from Covid-19 complications. Another nine patients who tested positive for Covid-19 died of other causes.