COVID-19: Singapore reports 213 new cases; 11 community cases

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SINGAPORE - JUNE 20:  Shoppers wearing protective masks walk past a COACH boutique at Orchard Road on June 20, 2020 in Singapore. From June 19, Singapore started to further ease the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions by allowing social gatherings up to five people, re-opening of retail outlets and dining in at food and beverage outlets, subjected to safe distancing. Parks, beaches, sports amenities and public facilities in the housing estates will also reopen. However, large scale events, religious congregations, libraries, galleries and theatres will remain closed.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
Shoppers wearing protective masks walk past a boutique shop at Orchard Road in Singapore. (PHOTO: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) preliminarily reported 213 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Sunday (28 June) noon, bringing the total to 43,459.

Of them, 11 are classified as community cases, while the remaining are foreign workers living in dormitories.

“Based on our investigations so far, there are 11 cases in the community, of whom six are Singaporeans/ Permanent Residents and five are Work Pass holders,” said the MOH.

The ministry added that more details will be provided in its press release issued at night.

This story will be updated later.

Dormitories cleared of COVID-19

Dozens of clusters linked to foreign worker dorms have been identified thus far, including Singapore’s largest cluster of 2,774 cases linked to S11 Dormitory@Punggol, followed by Sungei Tengah Lodge with 2,055 cases, Jurong Penjuru Dormitory with 1,809 cases, Cassia @ Penjuru with 1,474 cases and Tuas View Dormitory with 1,409 cases.

These dorms, the top five clusters with the highest number of cases here, account for over 20 per cent of the total infected workers living in dorms. Some 400,000 such workers live in such residences here.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Tuesday that 31 more dorms have been cleared of COVID-19: 27 factory-converted dormitories and four construction temporary quarters.

Four blocks for recovered workers in three purpose-built dorms have also been cleared, the MOM added.

This takes the total number to 163 dorms and 18 blocks for recovered workers in 11 purpose-built dorms cleared of COVID-19.

As of Sunday, 87,000 foreign workers have been cleared of COVID-19, including those residing in government-provided accommodation facilities. A forecast of dormitories and blocks to be cleared from now till August onwards has been published on the ministry’s website.

86% have fully recovered

With 345 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Sunday, 37,163 cases – some 86 per cent of the total tally – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while at least one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

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

Apart from 26 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 11 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, including the 48-year-old male Indian national, whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.

“Only cases where the attending doctor or pathologist attributes the primary or underlying cause of death as due to COVID-19 infection will be added to the COVID-19 death count,” said the MOH in previous press releases, adding that the method of assessment is consistent with international practices for classifying deaths.

As of 15 June, the ministry has conducted 576,189 swab tests, of which 340,894 were done on unique individuals. This translates to around 101,100 swabs conducted per 1 million total population, and about 59,800 unique individuals swabbed per 1 million total population.

Singapore entered Phase 2 of its reopening – with various safe distancing measures still in place – on 19 June. This phase is expected to last up to six months or longer, according to authorities.

Singapore’s General Election will take place on 10 July during this phase.

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