SINGAPORE — Any persons who have been to the pivoted KTV lounges linked to the recent COVID-19 cases to “do the right thing” by getting themselves tested and self-isolation, said Finance Minister Lawrence Wong on Thursday (15 July).
“The MTF (multi-ministry taskforce on COVID-19) has also been deliberating on what additional measures to take and will give an update soon,” added Wong in a post on his Facebook page.
The co-chair of the MTF said he shares the feeling of many who are “disappointed and frustrated”.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported on Thursday that an additional 33 of 42 local COVID-19 cases are linked to a fast-growing KTV lounges/clubs cluster, which currently totalled 87 cases.
Wong said that the cases show how personal responsibility matters in times of crisis. “No man is an island. The choices we make for ourselves are the choices we make for our community.”
The authorities are working round the clock to deal with the latest cases and keep the community safe, said Wong, adding that the vast majority of Singaporeans have been responsible, and adhering to safe management measures.
Surge in KTV COVID cluster
The MOH on Monday first said that it was investigating cases of COVID-19 infection among Vietnamese social hostesses who had frequented KTV lounges or clubs currently operating as F&B outlets, and their close social contacts. It named three such establishments: Supreme KTV at Far East Shopping Centre, Empress KTV at Tanglin Shopping Centre and Club Dolce at Balestier Point.
On Tuesday, it identified two more such establishments: WU Bistro at Golden Mile Complex and Club De Zara at Textile Centre.
Then on Wednesday, another four more venues were named: One Exclusive at 114 Middle Road, Level 9 (L9) at 114 Middle Road, Terminal 10 at Clarke Quay and Club M at 114 Middle Road.
Of these, seven were ordered to close for 15 days: One Exclusive, Level 9 (L9), Terminal 10, Club M, Club Dolce, WU Bistro, and Club De Zara.
MOH said on Wednesday it is extending free COVID-19 testing to patrons of these outlets or other similar KTV lounges or clubs, or those who have interacted with social hostesses of any nationality in any setting between 29 June and 14 July.
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