SINGAPORE: Singapore reported on Thursday (July 22) 162 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections, including 87 cases related to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster and five in the cluster in KTV lounges.
As of Thursday afternoon, there were a total of 541 cases related to the Jurong Fishery Port / Hong Lim Market & Food Center cluster, while 220 have been related to the KTV room cluster.
A total of 110 infections were related to previous cases, with 59 already quarantined and 51 detected by surveillance tests.
The remaining 52 infections were unrelated to previous cases, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its preliminary daily update.
Six cases were people over the age of 70 who were not vaccinated and were at risk for serious illness, MOH said.
In all, Singapore reported 170 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.
The ministry said it would provide further updates on the situation of COVID-19 in Singapore on Thursday night.
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Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Wednesday that Singapore’s return to Phase 2 (increased alert) measures was due to the growth of the cluster in the fishing port of Jurong and not the KTV cluster.
In a post on Facebook, he said he had received questions about why the measures needed to be tightened “when we plan to live with COVID-19.”
As the fishmongers and stop assistants who became infected at the port went to work in various markets on the island, this generated many more cases in the community, he said.
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Ong added that the markets are frequented by the elderly, many of whom have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
“We are at risk of an uncontrollable increase in cases, which could lead to many serious illnesses or even deaths,” he said. “Therefore, we must preventively strengthen social activities.”
Singapore returned to Phase 2 (Augmented Alert) restrictions on Thursday, with restaurants suspended from F&B establishments and social gatherings limited to two people. Restrictions will run until August 18th.
On Thursday, Singapore reported a total of 63,791 cases of COVID-19.
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