Woman, 84, who visited Bukit Merah View block, dies of COVID-19; 13 new community cases

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A healthcare worker administers a swab test at a temporarily COVID-19 testing centre in Singapore.
A healthcare worker administers a swab test at a temporarily COVID-19 testing centre in Singapore. (PHOTO: Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (26 June) confirmed 17 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 62,530.

Thirteen are local cases in the community. Of them, five – of nine linked cases – had been placed on quarantine. 

The four remaining cases are imported, including three returning Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents who have been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in the country.

An 84-year-old Singaporean woman has died from complications due to COVID-19 infection on Saturday, the MOH announced.

She was tested for COVID-19 on 15 June as part of the community surveillance testing for visitors to 115 and 116 Bukit Merah View, and was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on the same day. She had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and had a history of cancer, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia.

Four unlinked cases

The four currently unlinked cases who were detected via surveillance are: 

  • a 32-year-old Singaporean woman who works as an administrative staff at Walt Disney

  • a 21-year-old Singaporean woman who works as a nurse at Changi General Hospital (fully vaccinated)

  • a 27-year-old Singaporean man who is a serviceman in the Singapore Navy (fully vaccinated)

  • a 76-year-old Singaporean woman who is a retiree

115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre cluster: 2 new cases added

Two of the new community cases are linked to this cluster, with one of the cases already quarantined. 

They are: 

  • a 31-year-old Singaporean who works as a waitress at Cheflix Restaurant and was last at work on 13 May

  • a 28-year-old Singaporean woman who works as an officer with the Singapore Police Force, and is deployed at the Bukit Merah West Neighbourhood Police Centre (500 Bukit Merah View) (fully vaccinated)

119 Bukit Merah View Cluster: 1 new case

The sole new community case added to this cluster is a 34-year-old female Philippines national who is a foreign domestic worker. She was detected when she was tested for COVID-19 as part of the community surveillance testing for residents of the Bukit Merah View area.

105 Henderson Crescent cluster: 1 new case

Similarly, the sole community case added to this cluster is a foreign domestic worker – a 43-year-old female Indonesia national. She was detected when she was tested for COVID-19 on 25 June as part of the. community surveillance testing for residents of 105 Henderson Crescent.

Changi General Hospital cluster: 2 new cases

Both the new cases linked to this cluster work as porters at the hospital and they are: 

  • a 48-year-old Singaporean woman (fully vaccinated) 

  • a 66-year-old Singaporean man (fully vaccinated)

Case 64264 cluster: 1 new case

The first case in this cluster is a 32-year-old female Indonesia national who is a foreign domestic worker. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 16 June.

The new case is an 86-year-old Singaporean man who is a retiree, and attends day care at St Luke’s ElderCare (Hougang Meadow Centre).

Case 64349 cluster: 2 new cases

The first case in this cluster is a 24-year-old Singaporean man who works as a financial consultant with Prudential. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 19 June.

The new cases are: 

  • a 22-year-old Singaporean man who works as a trainee engineer at Skyworks Global Pte Ltd, and was last at work on 11 June

  • a 26-year-old Singaporean man who works at Helping Hands Cleaning Services

Four imported cases

Among the four imported cases: 

  • one is a Singaporean and two are Singapore permanent residents who returned from India and the UK

  • one is a short-term visit pass holder who arrived from Saudi Arabia for a work project in Singapore

99% of total cases have recovered, 4 in ICU

With 20 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Saturday, 62,181 cases – or 99.4 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 143 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while four of them are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 170 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from the 36 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 127 confirmed cases reported from 20 to 26 June, 39 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 74 have tested negative, and 14 serology test results are pending.

The MOH said that overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 109 cases in the week before to 92 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from 13 cases in the week before to 19 cases in the past week.

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