ION Orchard to close from Saturday for 4 days due to COVID cases

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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - AUGUST 1, 2018: A view of the ION Orchard shopping mall. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)
ION Orchard. (Photo: TASS via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — ION Orchard will be closed to the public from Saturday (12 June) for four days and reopen on 16 June after three cases working at the mall were found to have COVID-19 infection.

The move is to break any potential chain of transmission and enable deep cleaning of the premises, the Ministry of Health said on Friday night.

“In order to disrupt any wider, undetected community transmission, we will conduct special testing operations for staff who have been working in ION Orchard shopping mall from 28 May,” MOH said.

MOH will also extend free COVID-19 testing to members of the public who had visited the retail shops or used the facilities at ION Orchard between 3 June and Friday. All visitors to the mall over the period are advised to monitor their health closely, and minimise social interactions, for 14 days from their date of visit.

Individuals who had walked through the mall to connect to neighbouring buildings or Orchard MRT station need not be tested.

MOH on Friday 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, while the remaining six cases are imported.

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