SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 to the community as of noon on Monday (May 31), including three with no links to previous infections.
Thirteen were related to previous cases, with 11 already in quarantine and two detected by surveillance, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
There were also seven imported cases, all of which were notified of their stay at home upon arrival in Singapore.
One from Singapore and three permanent residents who returned from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines are among the imported cases. Three others are holders of work permits who came from Indonesia and Myanmar, one of whom is a foreign domestic worker.
No new infections were recorded in the dormitories of migrant workers.
In all, Singapore reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.
WHITE SANDS PRIMARY SCHOOL EMPLOYEE BETWEEN UNLINKED CASES
One 60-year-old from Singapore is among the three offline infections. The woman, fully vaccinated, works in an administrative role at White Sands Elementary School.
He developed fever, cough and runny nose on May 28 and sought treatment at a general practitioner clinic on May 30. She underwent a rapid antigen (ART) test and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and both test results turned positive. for COVID-19 infection on the same day. The result of the serology test is pending.
The other two cases are a 68-year-old Singaporean who works as a manager for the Phoenix Entertainment Karaoke TV Music Lounge and a 72-year-old Singaporean homemaker. Both experienced symptoms such as headache and cough before testing positive for COVID-19.
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HONG YE GROUP CLEANERS GROUP
Four more cases have been linked to the Hong Ye group cleaners group, which now has a total of 21 infections.
There is an 11-year-old Singaporean boy studying at New Town Elementary School. He was last at school on May 18 and had a fever on May 20, but did not seek medical attention.
The boy later developed fever, diarrhea and vomiting on May 26 and sought medical treatment at a general practitioner clinic the next day, where he was diagnosed with stomach flu and therefore did not take COVID-19 tests.
He was later identified as a family contact of five cases of COVID-19 and quarantined on 28 May. He was tested for COVID-19 on May 30 and tested positive on the same day while the result of the serology test was pending. .
The second case is an 18-year-old Singaporean who works at Hong Ye Group as a cleaner at Changi Business Park.
Because he had been identified as the contact for a previously confirmed case (another Hong Ye Group cleaner who also worked at Changi Business Park), he was put on telephone surveillance on May 27.
On the same day, he presented with a cough and runny nose, but did not report his symptoms or seek medical attention. On May 29, he developed a loss of taste and smell and sought medical treatment at a clinic the same day, where he underwent an ART and PCR test.
MOH said it was immediately isolated when its ART result turned positive the same day. The result of the PCR test turned positive for COVID-19 infection on May 30 and the result of the serology test is negative.
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Other cases include an 18-year-old Singaporean who is a full-time national civil servant of the Civil Defense Academy. He is a family member and family contact of three other confirmed cases of COVID-19 and was quarantined on 28 May.
On May 30, during quarantine, the fully vaccinated adolescent underwent the COVID-19 test and developed a sore throat the same day. His test result turned positive for COVID-19 infection on May 30 and the result of the serology test is pending.
The remaining case is a 16-year-old Singaporean who is currently unemployed. It is also family contact of five other cases of COVID-19 and was quarantined on 28 May. The same day he developed a cough and sore throat, but did not report his symptoms.
On May 30, he was tested for COVID-19 during quarantine and the test result turned positive for COVID-19 infection on the same day. The result of the serology test is pending.
NTUC FOODFARE CLUSTER
Two more cases have been linked to the NTUC Foodfare cluster, which now has a total of nine infections in total.
One of the new cases is a 33-year-old permanent resident who had already been quarantined. She works as a supervisor of Hua Zai HK Style delicious rice noodles and is a family contact of five previously confirmed cases.
The other new case is a 33-year-old Malaysian working as a kitchen assistant at Hua Zai HK-style toasted delicacies at 308 Achorvale Road and 476D Upper Serangoon View. On May 30, he developed a cough and runny nose and sought medical treatment at a clinic where he underwent an ART and PCR test.
He was immediately isolated when his ART result turned positive the same day. The result of the PCR test turned positive for COVID-19 on May 30 and the result of the serology test is negative.
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A new cluster has been identified, related to a 49-year-old Singapore who works as an executive in Eng Soon’s Table and Table Rental Service. It was confirmed that the woman, known as case 63844, had COVID-19 on 28 May.
Two new cases reported on Monday have been linked to women, bringing the total number of infections in this group to three.
The latest cases are an 82-year-old Singapore retiree and a 54-year-old who works as a senior executive in Eng Soon’s chair and table rental service. Both are family members of case 63844.
3 EXISTING CLUSTERS GROW
More cases have been related to three existing clusters.
A 33-year-old Singaporean working as a manager at Changi Airport Group has been linked to a 31-year-old Singaporean working as a real estate agent at ERA Realty. The cluster now has six infections.
Two new cases are related to a group involving a 15-year-old student at Westwood High School. One of the new cases is a nine-year-old Singaporean student from Chua Chu Kang Elementary School who also attends student care at the Happy Star Learning Hub student care and enrollment center.
The other case is a 45-year-old Singapore housewife. Both cases are family members and family contacts of previously confirmed COVID-19 cases and were asymptomatic. The cluster now has a total of six infections.
Another community case reported Monday is related to a third group related to a previously confirmed case, a 74-year-old Singapore retiree. A 56-year-old Singapore housewife has been linked to him, bringing the total number of infections in this group to four.
The woman tested positive for COVID-19 on May 30 during her forties and subsequently developed a cough that night.
MOH said the serology test result is negative for the N antigen, suggesting the presence of an early infection. The woman received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on April 27.
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ADMINISTRATIVE WORKER OF MALAYSIA IN RELATED CASES
The remaining linked COVID-19 community case is a 30-year-old Malaysian administrative employee at Sin Wei Precision Mechanical.
It is the family contact of a previously confirmed case: a 35-year-old Malaysian man who worked at Kota Zheng Zong Bak Kut Teh (Serangoon Gardens) and was quarantined on 17 May.
On May 22 he was tested for COVID-19 and the test result was negative. He developed a fever and cough on May 27, but did not report his symptoms until May 30, MOH said.
The man was tested for COVID-19 and tested positive on the same day. The result of the serology test is negative.
DECREASE IN NEW COMMUNITY CASES
Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from 185 cases the previous week to 128 cases last week.
The number of cases without a link to the community has also decreased, from 32 cases the previous week to 26 cases last week.
Among the 191 cases reported from 25 to 31 May, 45 cases were positive in serological tests, while 110 were negative. Another 36 serology test results are pending.
The Ministry of Health said 25 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total recoveries in Singapore to 61,459.
There are still 223 cases in the hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and two are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Another 336 are isolated and cared for in community facilities.
On Monday, Singapore reported a total of 62,051 cases of COVID-19 and 33 fatalities from the disease.
SINGAPORE “ON THE TRACK” TO CONTROL THE COVID-19 SHOT
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore “should be on the right track” of controlling its COVID-19 outbreak, banning any super-broadcasting events or large clusters.
If the number of EU cases falls further, the country “should” be able to relax existing restrictions during the Phase 2 (intensified alert) period after June 13, the date on which they are expected to last until now. ” , Lee said in an address to the nation Monday.
Lee also announced plans to make COVID-19 testing part of the new normal, as well as accelerating the national immunization program, with immunization reserves for students to open June 1.
Older people were also urged to show up for vaccination.
Nearly three-quarters of seniors – 760,000 people over the age of 60 or older – have already had at least one jab or booked a space, but 280,000 have not yet booked appointments, Lee said.
People over the age of 60 can now enter any vaccination center and get vaccinated instantly without having to register or book in advance. Those who are immobile may also be punctured during home visits by medical professionals, he added.
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