119 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, including 3 in community

Migrant workers living in dormitories make up the vast majority of the cases. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - There are 119 new coronavirus cases confirmed as of Tuesday noon (June 23), taking Singapore's total to 42,432.

They include three community cases, of which one is a Singapore permanent resident and two are work pass holders, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday.

Migrant workers living in dormitories make up the vast majority of the other cases.

More details will be announced on Tuesday night.

Tuesday's figure was the lowest reported daily since April 7, when 106 new Covid-19 infections were confirmed.

On Monday, two Sheng Siong supermarkets and a FairPrice outlet were added to the list of public places visited by Covid-19 patients while they were still infectious.

An infected patient was at the Sheng Siong supermarket at 7 Jurong West Avenue 5 on June 9 from 7.50am to 8.20am.

A community case was at another Sheng Siong supermarket, at 19 Serangoon North Avenue 5, on June 19 from 5.15pm to 6.05pm.

A third case was at the FairPrice outlet at 447A Jalan Kayu on June 15 from 6.25pm to 8.55pm.

The MOH provides the list of locations where Covid-19 patients have visited for more than 30 minutes as a precaution to get people who were at those places to monitor their health closely for two weeks from the date of their visit.

It has said that close contacts would already have been notified and that there is no need to avoid those places, as they would have been cleaned if needed.

The full list can be found on the MOH's website.

The sole community case reported on Monday was a 33-year-old Indian national who is currently unlinked to known cases.

The work permit holder, who is asymptomatic, was picked up as part of the ministry's active screening of those who work in essential services.

Migrant workers living in dormitories made up the remaining 217 cases on Monday.

The 218 new Covid-19 patients confirmed by the MOH on Monday is lower than the 262 new cases reported on Sunday but slightly higher than the average of 213 per day reported in the past seven days.

The average number of new daily community cases has come down from eight cases two weeks ago to four in the past week.

The average number of unlinked community cases per day has remained stable at two over the same period.

Meanwhile, a new cluster of Covid-19 infections has emerged in a dormitory at 204 Tagore Lane, and it is now linked to eight cases.

With 648 cases discharged on Monday, 35,580 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 200 patients remain in hospital, including one in the intensive care unit, while 6,497 are recuperating in community facilities.

These patients who have not been discharged - considered to be active cases - now make up 16 per cent of the total cases that have been reported to date.

Singapore has had 26 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 10 who tested positive have died of other causes.

Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December last year, has infected more than 9.19 million people. More than 474,000 people have died.

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