Of 9 new COVID cases in Singapore, 3 in community all unlinked

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SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (11 June) confirmed nine new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, bringing the country's total case count to 62,245.

Of them, three are local cases in the community, all of whom are currently unlinked. They are:

  • a 57-year-old Singaporean woman who works as a promoter at ION Orchard's Guardian outlet

  • a 50-year-old Singaporean woman who is employed by Campaign Complete Solutions as a janitor at Raffles City Tower and One Raffles Quay (fully vaccinated)

  • a 38-year-old Indonesian man who is employed by Marina Offshore as a sea crew onboard tugboat MARINA ARIEL

Friday marks the 47th consecutive day with local cases reported.

The remaining six cases are imported, including three Singaporeans and two permanent residents – including a six-year-old boy – who returned from India and the US. One is a special pass holder, a sea crew member, who arrived from Indonesia on a vessel and was tested onboard without disembarking.

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

It also announced the closure of ION Orchard to the public from Saturday to 15 June for deep cleaning, following the detection of three COVID-19 cases among those working at the mall.

The ministry noted that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 139 in the week before to 36 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 23 in the week before to nine in the past week. Singapore currently has 45 active COVID-19 clusters.

Authorities on Thursday said 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 34 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Friday, 61,799 cases – or 99.3 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 133 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while one of them is 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 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 87 confirmed cases reported from 5 to 11 June, 49 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 30 have tested negative, and 8 serology test results are pending.

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