COVID-19: 16 community infections among 23 new cases in Singapore

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People seen in the Chinatown area on 24 May 2021, amid Singapore's Phase 2 (Heightened Measures) period. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
People seen in the Chinatown area on 24 May 2021, amid Singapore's Phase 2 (Heightened Measures) period. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (31 May) confirmed 23 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 62,051.

There are 16 new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection, said MOH in a news release. Thirteen of these cases are linked to previous cases, out of whom 11 have already been placed on quarantine and two were detected through surveillance.

The remaining three local cases are unlinked. All the new local cases are in the community, with no new cases detected in the migrant worker dormitories, said MOH.

There are also seven imported cases, including four returning Singaporeans or permanent residents. All the imported cases have been placed on Stay-Home Notice since their arrival in the country.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 185 cases in the week before to 128 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 32 cases in the week before to 26 cases in the past week. 

In a national televised address on Monday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the government should be able to ease COVID-19 safe management restrictions after 13 June if the pandemic situation continues to improve and the number of community cases falls further.

The three unlinked cases are:

  • a 72-year-old Singaporean woman who is a homemaker

  • a 68-year-old Singaporean man who works as a manager at Phoenix Entertainment Karaoke TV Music Lounge

  • a 60-year-old Singaporean woman who works in an administrative role at White Sands Primary School

There is one new active COVID-19 cluster as of Monday, bringing the total number of such clusters in Singapore to 40.

New Case 63844 cluster (3 total, 2 new)

The new cluster is named after Case 63844, a 49-year-old Singaporean woman who works as executive at Eng Soon Chair & Table Hire Service. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 28 May.

The two latest cases in the cluster are an 82-year-old Singaporean woman who is retired and a 54-year-old Singaporean man who works as a senior executive at Eng Soon Chair & Table Hire Service.

The remaining linked cases are from the NTUC Foodfare (308 Anchorvale Road), Hong Ye Group cleaners, Case 63660, Case 63708, and Case 63714 clusters, and one case who is not categorised under any cluster. 

NTUC Foodfare at 308 Anchorvale Road cluster (9 total, 2 new)

The two new cases in the cluster are a 33-year-old male Singapore permanent resident who works as a supervisor at Hua Zai HK Style Roasted Delight Rice Noodle (308 Anchorvale Road) and a 33-year-old male Malaysia national who works as a kitchen assistant at Hua Zai HK Style Roasted Delights (308 Achorvale Road and 476D Upper Serangoon View).

Hong Ye Group cleaners cluster (21 total, 4 new)

The four new cases in the cluster are:

  • an 18-year-old Singaporean man who is employed by Hong Ye Group as a cleaner at Changi Business Park

  • an 18-year-old Singaporean man who is a full-time national serviceman at the Civil Defence Academy

  • a 16-year-old Singaporean boy who is currently unemployed

  • an 11-year-old Singaporean boy who is a student at New Town Primary School and was last in school on 18 May

Case 63660 cluster (6 total, 1 new)

The sole new case in the cluster is a 33-year-old Singaporean woman who works as a manager at Changi Airport Group and has been working from home.

Case 63708 cluster (6 total, 2 new)

The two new cases in the cluster are a 45-year-old Singaporean woman who is a homemaker and a 9-year-old Singaporean girl who is a student at Chua Chu Kang Primary School, and was last in school on 18 May.

Case 63714 cluster (4 total, 1 new)

The sole new case in the cluster is a 56-year-old Singaporean woman who is a homemaker.

The remaining linked case is a 30-year-old male Malaysia national who works as an administrative staff at Sin Wei Precision Mechanical.

Imported cases

The seven imported cases are:

• one is a Singaporean and three are Singapore permanent residents who returned from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines

• three are work permit holders who arrived from Indonesia and Myanmar, of whom one is a foreign domestic worker

99% of total cases have recovered, 2 in ICU

With 25 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Monday, 61,459 cases – or 99 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 223 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while two of them are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 336 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from the 33 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 191 confirmed cases reported from 25 to 31 May, 45 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 110 have tested negative, and 36 serology test results are pending.

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