All staff, kids at My First Skool in Chin Swee Road to be tested for Covid-19 after cluster emerges

The Safra Tampines cluster has a total of nine cases as at Aug 12. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM GOOGLE MAPS

SINGAPORE - All staff and pre-schoolers at My First Skool at Block 54 Chin Swee Road will be tested for the coronavirus after an employee and six children were infected.

It was one of three new clusters identified by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (Aug 12), including Safra Tampines and a cluster linked to a confirmed Covid-19 case.

Safra Tampines, which had a total of nine Covid-19 cases as at Thursday, will remain open.

In a statement to The Straits Times on Friday, Safra said that six individuals who had tested positive for the coronavirus were last at Safra Tampines from Aug 6 to 10.

All identified close contacts of these cases have been quarantined, it added.

The infected staff and children from My First Skool were last present at the pre-school between Aug 5 and Aug 11, the pre-school said in a statement to The Straits Times on Friday.

It added that deep cleaning and sanitisation were completed on Friday and that contract tracing is under way, with all close contacts of the infected cases to be placed under quarantine.

All staff and children who were around when the confirmed cases were present in the school will be issued leave of absence from Aug 13 to 24, which covers the 14-day incubation period of the virus.

The statement added that this was directed by the Early Childhood Development Agency.

The pre-school is expected to resume operations on Aug 25 and has provided home-learning resources to support the children and families during this period.

The school said more than 90 per cent of the centre's staff are fully vaccinated and the rest have completed their first dose.

It added that precautionary measures will continue to be in place, including restrictions on visitors, health checks three times a day, cleaning of high-contact surfaces, washing of toys and cleaning of cots.

Safra said areas in the Safra Tampines club visited by the affected individuals have been disinfected according to the National Environment Agency's guidelines.

The club said that safe management measures will continue to be in place at all Safra premises. These include limiting group sizes to five people.

Unvaccinated individuals are advised to keep to groups of no more than two people.

Fully vaccinated individuals can dine at all food and beverage establishments in groups of up to five. They can also participate without a mask in some indoor activities, such as badminton and squash.

These are part of Safra's differentiated measures for the vaccinated, according to the club's website.

This is the second time a Covid-19 cluster has been linked to a Safra club.

Last year, 47 cases were linked to a Safra Jurong cluster that was traced to a Chinese New Year celebration in one of its restaurants.

The cluster was announced on March 5 and closed on April 13 last year.

One of the event's attendees, a 70-year-old man, tested positive for the virus on March 6 and died of complications on April 14 last year.

There are now 119 active clusters islandwide, ranging between three and 1,151 infections as at Thursday.

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