SINGAPORE: An 80-year-old Singaporean woman, who is a family member of a previously confirmed COVID-19 patient, was among four new cases in the community reported on Tuesday (Jun 2), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
The elderly woman had already been placed on quarantine earlier, and experienced onset of symptoms on May 17.
The remaining three community cases are work pass or work permit holders.
One of them – a 33-year-old male Indian national – had been picked up as a result of the ministry’s proactive screening of migrant workers working in essential services. He was reported as being asymptomatic.
Another is a contact of a previously confirmed case and had already been placed on quarantine earlier.
MOH said that epidemiological investigations are ongoing for the remaining case.
The ministry reported a total of 544 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tuesday, bringing the nation’s total to 35,836.
99 per cent of the new cases are linked to known clusters, while the rest are pending contact tracing, said MOH.
THREE NEW CLUSTERS
The ministry added that in the past week, it uncovered links for six previously unlinked cases.
Three new clusters have been found at the migrant worker dormitories at 6 Tuas View Square, 65 & 67 Tuas View Walk 2 and 18 Woodlands Industrial Park E1.
A total of 709 more patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 23,175.
There are currently 331 cases still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving, MOH said. Six patients are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
There are 12,306 patients who have mild symptoms or are clinically well but are still testing positive for COVID-19. They are currently isolated and cared for at community care facilities.
The COVID-19 death toll in Singapore stands at 24.
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REOPENING PHASE 1
Full hairdressing services, motor vehicle servicing, aircon servicing, printing, basic pet services and school bookshops have also been allowed to resume as part of Phase 1 of reopening after the circuit breaker.
Pre-schools and early intervention centres reopened for children in Kindergarten 1 and 2, with children in nursery level, infant care and playgroup to follow next week.
Some places of worship were also allowed to resume services such as marriage solemnisations and funerals, subject to a cap of 10 attendees.
Private worship at mosques will also be allowed in limited prayer spaces, which can accommodate up to five individuals, or up to five households with a maximum of five individuals per household.
Households may now visit parents or grandparents, subject to a limit of two people and one visit per day. Parents may also drop off children for childcare, subject to the same limit.