19 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases in S'pore, including 8 linked to KTV cluster

Special testing operations are under way at (clockwise from top left) Club Dolce, Empress KTV and Supreme KTV.
Special testing operations are under way at (clockwise from top left) Club Dolce, Empress KTV and Supreme KTV.ST PHOTOS: CHONG JUN LIANG, GIN TAY

SINGAPORE - There were 26 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at noon on Tuesday (July 13), taking Singapore's total to 62,744.

They included 19 locally transmitted cases, of which eight belonged to an emerging KTV cluster.

Of the local infections, five were linked to previous cases and quarantined, while 10 were linked and detected through surveillance.

Four cases are currently unlinked.

There were also seven imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notice on arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Five of these cases were detected upon arrival, while two cases developed symptoms during stay-home notice or isolation.

More details will be announced on Tuesday night.

On Monday, MOH said there was a new cluster involving a group of Vietnamese social hostesses who had frequented KTV lounges or clubs now operating as food and beverage outlets.

Special testing operations are under way at Supreme KTV (Far East Shopping Centre), Empress KTV (Tanglin Shopping Centre) and Club Dolce (Balestier Point).

MOH added that it will extend free Covid-19 testing to members of the public who visited the three outlets, any similar lounges or clubs operating as F&B outlets, as well as those who interacted with the Vietnamese social hostesses in any setting between June 29 and July 12.