30 new COVID cases: Singapore marks 30th straight day with local infections reported

·Editorial Team
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A man buys takeaway food as dining areas are cordoned off at a hawker centre on May 20, 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 and attractions. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A man buys takeaway food as dining areas are cordoned off at a hawker centre on 20 May, 2021, in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (25 May) confirmed 30 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 61,890.

Of them, 21 are local cases: 18 are in the community, and three reside in dormitories. Fifteen are linked to previous cases, among whom eight have already been placed on quarantine. Nine remaining cases are imported.

Tuesday marks the 30th consecutive day with local cases reported. "Amongst the new cases today, 13 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while 17 were symptomatic," said the MOH.

The three dorm residents are roommates and colleagues of a previously-reported case, a 46-year-old Malaysian man who works as a construction worker at H&W Communications and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 22 May.

All four cases form a new cluster linked to the Harvest @ Woodlands dorm cluster, where they reside. It is one of three new clusters announced by the MOH on Tuesday.

The six cases in the community who are currently unlinked are:

  • a 29-year-old Malaysian man who works at Tiger Sugar Bubble Tea (Holland Piazza)

  • a 15-year-old Singaporean boy who is a Westwood Secondary School student

  • a 27-year-old Singaporean man who works as a project manager at Fei Ying Trading Enterprise

  • a 27-year-old Malaysian man who works as a housekeeper at Sengkang General Hospital

  • a 74-year-old Singaporean man who is a retiree (fully vaccinated)

  • a 50-year-old Singaporean man who works as an engineer at Tektronix Southeast Asia (received first dose of vaccine)

Separately, there is one case linked to the 15-year-old boy: a 46-year-old Singaporean woman who works as a secretary at Prestige Legal LLP. She is the boy's family member and household contact.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has increased from 163 in the week before to 176 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has decreased from 37 in the week before to 30 in the past week.

Several new places have also been added to the list of public venues visited by infectious community cases, including a FairPrice Finest outlet at Bukit Timah Plaza, Hup Choon Eating House at 1 Binjai Park as well as the 27 Woodlands Link headquarters of food & beverage company Chang Cheng.

2 new clusters in community, 32 active in total

Three new clusters, including two new ones in the community, were identified on Tuesday. The MOH also announced the closure of the Westlite Woodlands Dormitory cluster, as there have been no more cases linked to it for the past two incubation periods, or 28 days. This brings the total number of active clusters in Singapore to 32.

  1. 'Case 63543' cluster, 3 cases in total: It is named after the case number of a 40-year-old Singaporean man who works as an operations personnel at The Meatery SG and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 21 May. His wife, a 39 year-old Singaporean woman who works as an administrative personnel at Tomoe Transtech Specialty Gases, is the second case in the cluster.

    The new case on Tuesday is a six-year-old Singaporean boy who is a student at My First Skool at 211 Jurong East Street 21. The boy is a family member of both the man and the woman.

  2. 'Case 63660' cluster, 5 cases in total: It is named after the case number of a 31-year-old Singaporean man who works as an ERA Realty Network property agent and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 23 May.

    Three new cases, all family members and household contacts of a case in the cluster, were added:

  • a 60-year-old Singaporean man who is a retiree (quarantined earlier)

  • a 57-year-old Singaporean woman who works as a retail vendor at Chong Pang City

  • a 30-year-old Singaporean man who is self-employed and works from home

Jem/Westgate cluster: 2 new cases + previous case, 53 in total

At 53 cases, it is now the second-largest out of 32 active clusters, after Changi Airport's 108-case cluster. On Monday, three clusters were subsumed into the Jem/Westgate cluster. Authorities have also identified a potential source of transmission for the JEM/Westgate cluster: a 53-year-old Singaporean woman who works as a cleaner at Park Avenue Rochester, a stay-home-notice dedicated facility.

Two new cases on Tuesday were quarantined earlier and are family members of previous cases. The two Singaporean boys are a 13-year-old Kranji Secondary School student and a seven-year-old Rulang Primary School student.

McDonald’s delivery riders cluster: 3 new cases, 13 in total

The cluster, identified last Saturday, was first linked to a 27-year-old Malaysian man who works as a delivery rider for IVIC Logistic and McDonald’s (Bedok Reservoir). He was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 20 May. Four of five cases on Monday work at a Pizza Hut outlet at Punggol Plaza.

Tuesday's three new cases are:

  • a 25-year-old Malaysian man who works as a delivery rider for Domino’s Pizza (Tanjong Katong) (quarantined earlier)

  • a 72-year-old Singaporean woman who works as a kitchen staff at McDonald’s (Pasir Ris Elias Community Club)

  • a 32-year-old Singaporean man who works as a kitchen staff for McDonald’s (Bedok Reservoir)

Learning Point cluster: 1 new case, 31 in total

The cluster was first linked to a 50-year-old Singaporean woman who works as a tutor at Learning Point at Parkway Centre and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 12 May.

The new addition, who had been quarantined earlier, is a 44-year-old Singaporean woman who works at Citibank as well as a family member and household contact of a case in the cluster.

'Case 63479' cluster: 1 new case, 6 in total

It is named after the case number of a 49-year-old female PR who is a homemaker and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 20 May. A household contact of hers is the latest addition to the cluster: a 40-year-old Burmese man who works as a technician at Greenland Technology and was placed on quarantine on 19 May.

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9 imported cases, including three S'pore residents

Of the imported cases, two are Singaporeans and one is a permanent resident who returned from India, Indonesia and Myanmar.

One of the returning Singaporeans is a 62-year-old Singaporean man who had been in Indonesia since 7 June last year. He returned to Singapore on 28 March, and served his stay-home notice at a dedicated facility until 11 April. Both his on-arrival test on 28 March, as well as his swab done on 10 April, were negative for COVID-19.

The man was detected when he took a COVID-19 pre-departure test on 21 May in preparation for a trip to Indonesia. His test result came back positive on 22 May. 

"His Ct value was very high, which is indicative of a low viral load, and his serology test result has also come back positive. Given that these indicate likely past infection, we have classified the case as imported based on his travel history. He is likely to be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA, which are no longer transmissible and infective to others," said the MOH.

The other imported cases include a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from the US, and a work pass holder who arrived from the Philippines.

Three others are work permit holders who arrived from Indonesia and the Philippines, all of whom are foreign domestic workers.

The remaining case is a short-term visit pass holder who arrived from Papua New Guinea to visit his Singapore family member.

All nine imported cases were placed on the stay-home notice upon their arrival here.

99% of total cases have recovered, 2 in ICU

With 13 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Tuesday, 61,329 cases – or 99.1 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 250 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while two of them are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 279 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from the 32 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 239 confirmed cases reported from 19 to 25 May, 59 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 165 have tested negative, and 15 serology test results are pending.

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