Far East Plaza salon, Don Don Donki outlet in Novena's Square 2 visited by infectious Covid-19 cases

A salon in Far East Plaza and Don Don Donki at Novena's Square 2 were visited by infected people. ST FILE PHOTOS

SINGAPORE - Two Orchard Road malls were among the places visited by infectious Covid-19 patients, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (Oct 10).

Ngee Ann City's Takashimaya Department Store and Far East Plaza's Joeun Salon were added to the list of places visited by Covid-19 patients while they were infectious.

Also new to the list are Merchant Court's Kushikatsu Tanaka restaurant in River Valley and Square 2 @ Novena's Don Don Donki outlet.

MOH provides the list of locations that infectious Covid-19 patients visited for at least 30 minutes and the times they visited them to get people who were at those places at the same time 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 the gov.sg website.

The ministry 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 necessary.

MOH confirmed seven new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing Singapore's total to 57,866.

The new cases included one in the community for the first time in four days.

The lone community case is a permanent resident who is a family member of two previously confirmed imported cases, MOH said.

His family members had arrived from Indonesia on Sept 25, and were granted permission to serve their stay-home notices at home as one is a two-month-old infant, the ministry said.

The new case had been placed on stay-home notice due to his exposure to them, and developed symptoms during quarantine and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

The other new patients on Saturday comprise one locally transmitted case in a worker's dormitory, as well as five imported cases who were placed on stay-home notices or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

The asymptomatic case in the dormitory was picked up through routine bi-weekly testing, MOH said.

Of the imported cases, one is a permanent resident who returned from Belarus and one is a Singapore citizen who returned from Qatar.

Another is a work pass holder who had arrived from France, while the remaining two were sea crew who arrived in Singapore from the Philippines to board a ship docked here.

They were taken directly from the airport to the ship in a dedicated vehicle and did not leave the ship subsequently, MOH said.

All imported cases were placed on 14-day stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore, and tested positive despite being asymptomatic.

The number of new cases in the community has remained stable at an average of one case per day in the past two weeks, MOH said.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also remained stable at an average of fewer than one case per day over the same period.

With 23 cases discharged on Saturday, 57,683 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 40 patients remain in hospital, including one in critical condition in the intensive care unit, while 101 are recuperating in community facilities.

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

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