Bukit Batok ActiveSG gym, FairPrice Hub's Decathlon visited by infectious Covid-19 patients

Shoppers walk in the Decathlon at Joo Koon on Aug 22, 2019. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - An ActiveSG gym in Bukit Batok, a Sheng Siong store in Teban Gardens Road and FairPrice Hub's Decathlon outlet were added on Thursday (Aug 6) by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to its list of places visited by Covid-19 patients while they were still infectious.

The ministry provides the list of locations and times that infectious Covid-19 patients visited for at least 30 minutes to get those who were at these places at specific periods to monitor their health closely for two weeks from the date of their visit.

The full list of locations and times can be found on MOH's website.

MOH 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.

There were 301 new coronavirus cases confirmed by MOH on Thursday, taking Singapore's total to 54,555.

They included four community cases, comprising two Singaporeans, one permanent resident and a work permit holder.

Of the four community cases, two were picked up as a result of the ministry's proactive surveillance and screening.

Two of these cases are asymptomatic, and were detected through MOH's proactive testing.

One of the community cases was linked to a previous case while the remaining three are currently unlinked.

Epidemiological investigations for the unlinked cases are in progress.

There were also four new imported cases including one Singaporean, two work pass holders and one dependant's pass holder.

They had been placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore from Kazakhstan and India on July 25 and tested while serving their notices.

The four imported patients, aged between 19 and 49, were confirmed positive on Wednesday and Thursday.

Migrant workers living in dormitories made up the 293 remaining cases.

No new clusters were announced on Thursday.

MOH also said that the inter-agency task force set up to support foreign workers and dormitory operators has been systematically and progressively clearing dormitories through aggressive testing of migrant workers residing in dormitories.

Fourteen more of these dormitories - which include dorms at 5 Kaki Bukit Industrial Terrace, 10 Kranji Link and 119 Tuas View Walk 1 - have been cleared.

These dorms now house only recovered individuals and those who have recently tested negative for Covid-19 infection. As a result, the Covid-19 clusters linked to them have now been closed.

MOH added that 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 remained stable at an average of one case per day in the past two weeks.

With 263 cases discharged on Thursday, 48,016 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 112 patients remain in hospital while 6,385 are recuperating in community facilities. None are in intensive care.

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

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