5 new unrelated cases in the community; Bukit Merah View cluster upgrades to 73, Singapore News & Top Stories

Eleven new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed here yesterday, including five unrelated community cases including a Prudential financial consultant, a dental assistant, a Housing Board engineer and two retirees. This is the highest number of unrelated cases since June 12, when five were also reported.

The youngest is a 22 year old woman who works at Q&M Dental Surgery at the Redhill MRT station. She wears full personal protective equipment at work, including an N95 mask, face shield and goggles, the Department of Health (MOH) said.

She is fully vaccinated; she received her second dose of the vaccine a week ago. Her infection was detected during community surveillance tests for those working in the Redhill Close area.

The HDB engineer is a 52-year-old man whose infection was detected during community testing in Bukit Merah View.

He had a fever, cough and sore throat after being tested on Saturday. He was last at work on May 13 and received his first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine on June 5.

Two cases, one related and one unrelated, did not see a doctor when they developed respiratory symptoms.

The unrelated case is an 83-year-old woman who had a fever and cough last Wednesday and sought treatment last Friday. She was taken to National University Hospital, where she tested positive for Covid-19. A family member, an 81-year-old woman, was coughing and feeling tired last Friday, but did not see a doctor.

The next day, she went to the free tests offered by the Ministry of Health for those who had visited the 115 and 116 Bukit Merah View and was quarantined when identified as a close contact of a case. of Covid-19. The Health Department said she had previously tested positive for the Delta variant.

Meanwhile, the Bukit Merah View market and food hub cluster fell to 73 cases, up from 70 on Saturday. The three new cases were in quarantine when they tested positive and had undergone tests that initially came back negative.

Among them is a 35-year-old Vietnamese assistant to Tiong Bahru Yong Tao Hu whose rapid antigen and polymerase chain reaction tests came back negative when he sought treatment at a clinic for respiratory symptoms last Monday. .

He was quarantined the next day after being identified as a workplace contact of two other people in the group, then tested positive on Saturday in a polymerase chain reaction test.

The two cases imported from yesterday had already been ordered to stay at home upon their arrival in Singapore. One is a Singaporean who returned from Saudi Arabia and the other is a foreign domestic worker from Indonesia.

No new cases were reported in the dormitories of the workers.

Four clusters were closed because they were not linked to any other transmission in the past 28 days. These include the Pacific Law Corporation group, which had eight cases, and three groups which each had three cases.

There are still 37 active clusters.

Singapore has recorded a total of 62,414 cases of Covid-19.

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