32 of 133 new COVID cases in Singapore linked to Jurong Fishery Port, KTVs

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A woman wearing protective mask checks on her mobile phone on July 29, 2021 in Singapore.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A woman wearing a protective mask checks on her mobile phone on 29 July, 2021, amid the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (29 July) reported 133 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 64,722.

There are 129 new locally transmitted infections, of whom three are dormitory residents.

Of the 79 local linked cases, 30 are linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster while two are linked to the KTV cluster. The two clusters are now linked to 969 and 248 cases, respectively. Fifty local cases are unlinked.

Among the cases are four seniors above the age of 70 who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and are at risk of serious illness.

Also detected were four imported infections, of whom three were detected upon arrival here, while the remaining case developed the illness during their stay-home notice or isolation period.

Ten new COVID-19 clusters were identified on Thursday while one cluster, linked to case 64478, has been closed, bringing the total number of active clusters here to 53.

Nine of the new clusters are named after case numbers of COVID-19 patients, while one is linked to Seng Leong Steel (Ent). The MOH did not offer details on the cases linked to the nine clusters. Altogether, the ten clusters are linked to 32 cases.

Separately, two new cases have been added to the cluster at Samy’s Curry Restaurant, now linked to 41 cases, while three new cases have been added to the cluster at Punggol Primary School, bringing the total to 12.

Five cases were also added to the Marina Bay Sands Casino cluster, now linked to 51 cases, while two cases were added to the Westlite Juniper Dormitory cluster, bringing the total to 13. 

One new case has been added to the "Case 64697" cluster, now linked to 76 infections. The cluster is linked to residents at Block 639 Rowell Road, of whom two had attended lessons at ComfortDelGro’s Ubi driving school and later tested positive for the virus.

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11 cases across households at Teck Whye Ave, Yung An Rd

In a separate press release, the MOH said that seven COVID-19 cases have been detected in four households at Block 3 Teck Whye Avenue, while four have been detected in three households at Block 357 Yung An Road. 

The ministry did not specify which clusters these cases belong to.

"Epidemiological investigations are ongoing to determine linkages and the source of transmission," the ministry added.

Mandatory COVID-19 testing will be conducted for all residents of both affected blocks, with testing optional for those who have tested negative from 25 July onwards. 

This comes a day after the MOH announced that 23 cases were detected across Block 438 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, Block 430 Clementi Avenue 3, and Block 445A Clementi Avenue 3. Mandatory COVID-19 testing will also be conducted for all residents of the three affected blocks.

The ministry also said that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 884 in the week before to 881 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from 64 in the week before to 238 in the past week. 

It added that the seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 91.9 and 34.0 respectively.

30 require oxygen supplementation; 3 in ICU

A total of 62,663 cases in Singapore, or over 99 per cent of the overall total, have fully recovered from their infection and have been discharged from the hospital.

As of Thursday, 572 cases are currently warded, most of whom are well and under observation.

There are currently 30 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation and three in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU). One among the 25 cases is fully vaccinated, but requires oxygen supplementation as she has underlying medical conditions, said the MOH.

Among them are also 24 seniors above the age of 60, of whom 23 are completely unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, who have fallen very ill, it added.

Apart from the 37 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.

Over the last 28 days, 39 local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to the ICU, or died. Of them, 23 are unvaccinated, 15 are partially vaccinated and one is fully vaccinated.

As of Wednesday, 7.37 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.28 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Of some 3.21 million who have completed the full vaccination regimen, 121,443 are individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least one dose while the remaining are those who have received two doses.

The MOH guidelines state that recovered individuals – who are likely to have a strong immune response against COVID-19 within the first six months after their infection – are recommended to receive a single dose of vaccine to further boost their immunity against the disease.

Those who have received the Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine locally are not included in Singapore's national vaccination numbers. As of Wednesday, 95,029 doses of the China-made vaccine have been administered to 71,810 individuals.

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