Of 13 new COVID cases in Singapore, 4 in community

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People wearing protective mask look out the window of a commuter train on June 8, 2021 in Singapore. Singapore enters a month long heightened alert from May 16 to June 13 to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases in the local community. New restrictions on movements and activities have been introduced such as limiting social interaction to two, prohibiting dining out and a reduced operating capacity at shopping malls, offices and attractions. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People wearing protective masks look out the window of a commuter train on 8 June, 2021 in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (10 June) confirmed 13 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, bringing the country's total case count to 62,236.

Of them, four are local cases in the community, with two linked to previous cases. One of the linked cases had already placed on quarantine earlier. 

Thursday marks the 46th consecutive day with local cases reported. 

The remaining nine cases are imported, including two Singaporeans and five permanent residents who returned from Angola, India, the Philippines and the UK. Two others are a work pass holder who arrived from the Philippines and a work permit holder who arrived from Indonesia.

"Amongst the new cases today, nine are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while four were symptomatic," said the MOH.

The two unlinked community cases, both fully vaccinated, are:

  • a 29-year-old male India national who works as a nursing aide at an Orange Valley Nursing Home branch in Balestier

  • a 74-year-old Singaporean man who works at a sundry store at 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre.

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Separately, a case in the community was identified as linked to a previous case, but is not part of any clusters. He is a 40-year-old Malaysian man who is a baker at St Leaven at Takashimaya. 

As he had been identified as a family member and household contact of a 35-year-old female compatriot who works as a retail assistant at Four Leaves at Ion Orchard and AMK Hub, he was placed on quarantine. The man received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on 31 May.

The fourth community case on Thursday is the 16th infection linked to the cluster at Changi Prison Complex. The latest addition, a 40-year-old Singaporean man who is a prison inmate there, brings the total number of inmates in the cluster to 13. 

The man tested preliminarily positive for the Delta variant, which was first detected in India, and is pending further confirmatory tests. At least two inmates in the cluster have tested preliminarily positive for the variant.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 147 in the week before to 40 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 26 in the week before to seven in the past week.

The ministry also announced the closure of the Grab cluster, linked to three cases, as there have been no cases linked to it for the past two incubation periods, or 28 days. Singapore now has 45 active COVID-19 clusters.

Authorities on Thursday announced that Singapore will gradually move to Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) in two steps, with one set of measures taking effect from 14 June and another from 21 June.

From 14 June, the size of social gatherings allowed in Singapore will be increased to five people, up from the current limit of two persons. Dining in at food and beverage establishments, however, can only resume from 21 June provided that the COVID-19 situation remains under control. In addition, work-from-home will remain the default work arrangement in Phase 3 (Heightened Alert).

99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU

With 25 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Thursday, 61,765 cases – or 99.2 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 150 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while one of them is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 287 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from the 34 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 15 others who tested positive for the virus were determined to have died from unrelated causes, including three whose deaths were attributed to a heart attack and another four, whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.

Among the 91 confirmed cases reported from 4 to 10 June, 46 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 30 have tested negative, and 15 serology test results are pending.

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