SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (22 June) confirmed 18 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 62,448.
Fifteen are local cases in the community. Of them, three – out of ten linked cases – had been quarantined earlier.
Tuesday marks the 58th consecutive day with local cases reported.
The three remaining cases are imported, of whom one is a Singaporean and another is a permanent resident who returned from India. The third imported case – a special pass holder who is a sea crew member – arrived from Brazil on a vessel and had remained on board until he was conveyed to a hospital.
"Amongst the new cases today, seven are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while 11 were symptomatic," said the MOH.
The ministry also identified two new clusters – 90 Redhill Close and "Case 64233" – as well as announced the closure of the "Case 63236" and "Case 63714" cluster. This brings the current number of active COVID-19 clusters in Singapore to 38.
The five unlinked community cases are:
a 26-year-old female PR who works as an analyst at Deutsche Bank
a 77-year-old Singaporean man who is a retiree (fully vaccinated)
a 79-year-old Singaporean man who is a retiree and Redhill Close resident
an 82-year-old Singaporean woman who is a retiree and was detected when she sought medical treatment at Gleneagles Hospital for an unrelated condition (received first dose of vaccine)
a 36-year-old Malaysian man who works as a driver at Omni Aquatic Supplies
Separately, there are two cases who are linked to other infections, but are not considered part of any active COVID-19 cluster in Singapore. They are a 24-year-old female China national who works as an analyst at Axis Specialty Limited and a 23-year-old Singaporean man who is a student at the Singapore Institute of Management
The ministry noted that the number of new cases in the community has increased from 60 in the week before to 104 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 17 in the week before to 21 in the past week.
2 new clusters, linked to 3 cases each
The 90 Redhill Close cluster was first linked to a 79-year-old Singaporean man who is a retiree and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 21 June. Two additions to the cluster announced on Tuesday are his family member and household contact – a 69-year-old Singaporean woman who is a retiree – as well as a close contact – a 50-year-old Singaporean woman who is currently unemployed.
The "Case 64233" cluster is named after a 41-year-old Filipino woman who is a foreign domestic worker and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 14 June. The woman has received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The third case added to the cluster is her household contact – a 52-year-old male PR who works as a consultant at Syndicate Road and is fully vaccinated. The man is a family member and household contact of the second case in the cluster, a 12-year-old female PR who is a student at Tanglin Trust School.
Bukit Merah View market cluster: 3 new cases, 81 in total
The cluster was first linked to a 74-year-old Singaporean man who works at a sundry store at the market. The fully-vaccinated man was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 9 June.
The three new additions are:
an 11-year-old Singaporean girl who is a student at Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (Kellock) (quarantined earlier)
a 32-year-old Singaporean man who is currently unemployed and a Bukit Merah View resident
a 43-year-old Malaysian man who works as a stall assistant at the market
119 Bukit Merah View cluster: 1 new case, 6 in total
The cluster was first linked to a 46-year-old Singaporean woman who is a homemaker and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 18 June. The woman is fully vaccinated.
The latest addition is a 74-year-old Singaporean man who is employed by Theng Liang Lee Services as a part-time cleaner at 104 Henderson Crescent. The Bukit Merah View resident is fully vaccinated.
121 Bukit Merah View cluster: 1 new case, 4 in total
The cluster is linked to three cases, all of whom are in their eighties. It was first linked to the oldest of the trio, an 86-year-old Singaporean woman who is a retiree and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 18 June.
The fourth addition to the cluster is a 62-year-old Singaporean woman who works as a part-time cook at Marine Parade Central Market and Food Centre. As the fully vaccinated woman had been identified as a close contact of the 86-year-old woman, she was placed on quarantine on 19 June.
99% of total cases have recovered, 2 in ICU
With 28 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Tuesday, 62,098 cases – or 99.4 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.
Most of the 142 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while two of them are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
A total of 173 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.
Apart from the 35 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 133 confirmed cases reported from 16 June to 22 June, 45 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 78 have tested negative, and 10 serology test results are pending.
Stay in the know on-the-go: Join Yahoo Singapore's Telegram channel at http://t.me/YahooSingapore
More Singapore stories: