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162 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Singapore; Boon Lay Place Food Village closed after 7 infections found

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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 162 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections as of midday on Thursday (Jul 22), together with 87 cases linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster and 5 to the cluster in KTV lounges.

As of Thursday night, there have been a complete of 560 cases linked to the Jurong Fishery Port/Hong Lim Market & Food Centre cluster, whereas 221 have been linked to the KTV lounges cluster. 

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A complete of 110 infections have been linked to earlier cases, with 59 already positioned on quarantine and 51 detected by surveillance testing.

The remaining 52 infections weren’t linked to earlier cases, stated the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its preliminary day by day replace.

Six cases have been individuals above the age of 70 who have been unvaccinated and liable to critical sickness, stated MOH.

In whole, Singapore reported 170 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

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BOON LAY PLACE FOOD VILLAGE CLOSED FOR 2 WEEKS

Boon Lay Place Food Village at 221B Boon Lay Place shall be closed from Jul 23 to Aug 6 for deep cleansing after seven COVID-19 cases have been detected amongst people who labored in or visited the situation. 

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The cases have been uncovered as a part of MOH’s investigation into cases of COVID-19 an infection involving markets and meals centres that are probably seeded by fishmongers who visited Jurong Fishery Port.

MOH added that free COVID-19 testing shall be prolonged to all members of the general public who visited Boon Lay Place Food Village and Chong Pang Market & Food Centre between Jul 8 and Jul 22. 

There are at the moment 28 lively clusters in Singapore, ranging between three and 560 infections. The Jurong Fishery Port/Hong Lim Market & Food Centre cluster stays the biggest.

Five extra cases have been linked to the Marina Bay Sands Casino cluster, bringing the overall variety of infections to fifteen. 

Six extra cases have been additionally linked to the Case 64697 cluster, which now has a complete of 54 infections. MOH didn’t present additional particulars relating to Case 64697. 

Another new an infection has been linked to the Case 64735 cluster, which has a complete of 5 cases. The Health Ministry additionally didn’t present additional particulars relating to Case 64735.

The general variety of new cases in the group has elevated from 127 cases in the week earlier than to 883 cases in the previous week. 

“We are likely to continue to see high number of cases in the coming days as we step up efforts to detect them to contain their spread in the community,” stated MOH.

The variety of unlinked cases in the group has additionally elevated from 16 cases in the week earlier than to 105 cases in the previous week.

There are 415 cases at the moment warded in hospital, with most effectively and beneath remark.

There are at the moment seven cases of significant sickness requiring oxygen supplementation, and one in crucial situation in the intensive care unit. None amongst these eight cases is totally vaccinated, stated MOH. 

“There is continuing evidence that vaccination helps to prevent serious disease when one gets infected. Over the last 28 days, seven local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to ICU or passed away. Six are unvaccinated, one is partially vaccinated and none was fully vaccinated.”

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Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Wednesday stated Singapore’s return to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) measures was as a result of rising cluster at Jurong Fishery Port, and never the KTV cluster.

In a Facebook put up, he stated he had acquired queries on why there was a have to tighten measures “when we plan to live with COVID-19”.

As fishmongers and stall assistants who received contaminated on the port went to work at varied markets across the island, this seeded many extra cases in the group, he stated.

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Mr Ong added that markets are frequented by the aged, a lot of whom haven’t been vaccinated towards COVID-19.

“We are at risk of an uncontrollable rise in cases, which could potentially result in many severe illnesses or even deaths,” he stated. “So we need to preemptively tighten up social activities.”

Singapore returned to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) restrictions on Thursday, with dining-in at F&B shops suspended and social gatherings restricted to 2 individuals. The restrictions will final till Aug 18.

As of Thursday, Singapore has reported a complete of 63,791 COVID-19 cases.

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