New cluster at Bedok barber shop; all 13 community cases linked

No unlinked local cases for first time in a month; MINDSville@Napiri cluster grows to 30 cases

Cleaners arriving at MINDSville@Napiri in Hougang on Thursday. Two residents and a nursing aide there were among the new community cases announced yesterday, bringing the total number of cases in the cluster at the adult disability home to 30.
Cleaners arriving at MINDSville@Napiri in Hougang on Thursday. Two residents and a nursing aide there were among the new community cases announced yesterday, bringing the total number of cases in the cluster at the adult disability home to 30.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

A new Covid-19 cluster has been formed at a barber shop in Bedok, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced last night.

The cluster at Atatcutz Singapore has six people, four of whom were new cases announced yesterday.

The first case is a 35-year-old Malaysian man who works as a delivery rider for Pizza Hut and tested positive on Friday while under quarantine. He also developed a cough that day.

The second is a 46-year-old Singaporean woman who works as a manager at Workforce Singapore, and has been working from home since April.

She was quarantined on Wednesday and developed a fever the next day but did not report her symptom. She was swabbed on the same day and her test result came back positive on Friday.

The third case in the cluster is a 25-year-old Malaysian man who works as a barber at the shop. He was quarantined on Wednesday and tested positive on Friday, and also developed a cough that day.

The fourth case is another Malaysian man who also works as a barber at the shop. The 27-year-old is asymptomatic and was detected when he was tested during quarantine. His test result came back positive on Friday.

The other nine community cases announced yesterday included an unemployed man linked to the McDonald's delivery rider cluster, and two residents and a nursing aide at MINDSville@Napiri.

The cluster at the adult disability home now has 30 cases.

One more case was added to the Tektronix cluster, two more were linked to a 74-year-old man who is a retiree, and another to the cluster at the FairPrice outlet in Clementi Avenue 3.

A 71-year-old woman who is a traditional Chinese medicine physician at Bukit Timah Seu Teck Sean Tong Institution was the final community case announced yesterday.

All 13 community cases announced yesterday are linked.

There were no unlinked local cases for the first time since May 5.

Five imported cases were also reported yesterday.

All of them had been placed on stay-home notice or isolated on arrival in Singapore, said MOH, adding that three of the imported cases are returning Singaporeans or permanent residents.

There were no new cases in workers' dormitories.

The new cases take Singapore's total to 62,176.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 138 cases in the week before to 129 cases in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at 20 cases per week in the past two weeks.

Thirty-three more Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital. Another 207 remain hospitalised, with two in critical condition under intensive care.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 06, 2021, with the headline 'New cluster at Bedok barber shop; all 13 community cases linked'. Subscribe