COVID: Singapore reports 18 new cases, including one-month-old baby

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People cycle along the bayfront with the city skyline seen in the background on June 3, 2021 in Singapore. Singapore enters a month long heightened alert from May 16 to June 13 to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases in the local community. New restrictions on movements and activities have been introduced such as limiting social interaction to two, prohibiting dining out and a reduced operating capacity at shopping malls, offices and attractions. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People cycle along the bayfront with the city skyline seen in the background on June 3, 2021 in Singapore. Singapore enters a month long heightened alert from May 16 to June 13 to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases in the local community. New restrictions on movements and activities have been introduced such as limiting social interaction to two, prohibiting dining out and a reduced operating capacity at shopping malls, offices and attractions. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (5 June) reported 18 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 62,176.

There are 13 community cases, all of whom are linked to previous cases, and have already been placed on quarantine, the ministry said in a press release. 

In addition, there are five imported cases, who have already been placed on Stay-Home Notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. 

Among the new cases today, 10 were asymptomatic while eight were symptomatic. 

Two new clusters 

The MOH announced two new clusters: 

Atatcutz Singapore cluster: Six cases including four new ones

The first case in the cluster is a 26-year-old Malaysian man who works as a delivery rider for Pizza Hut (Hougang Green). He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 1 June.

The new cases in this cluster who were announced on Saturday had been quarantined as they are close contacts of previous cases: 

  • a 35-year-old Malaysian man who works as a delivery rider for Pizza Hut (Kampong Ubi Community Centre). 

  • a 46-year-old Singaporean woman who works as a manager at Workforce Singapore, and has been working from home since April 2020 (received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine)

  • a 25-year-old Malaysian man who works as a barber at Atatcutz Singapore (348 Bedok Road). 

  • a 27-year-old Malaysian man who works as a barber at Atatcutz Singapore (348 Bedok Road). 

White Sands cluster: Four cases

The first case in the cluster is a 43-year-old female Myanmar national who is a foreign domestic worker. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 12 May.

Nine new cases linked to six clusters

The cases are: 

  • a 21-year-old male Sri Lanka national who is currently unemployed. He is a new case in the McDonald’s delivery riders cluster.

  • two residents at MINDSville@Napiri – a 57-year-old Singaporean woman and a 59-year-old Singaporean man – who were detected from the MOH's proactive testing of residents of the home. Both have already been vaccinated against COVID-19. They are linked to the MINDSville@Napiri cluster. 

  • a female nursing aide at MINDSville@Napiri. She was also detected from the MOH's proactive testing of staff working in the home. She has been vaccinated against COVID-19, and is linked to the cluster at the home.

  • a 25-year-old Indonesian woman who is a foreign domestic worker. She is linked to the Tektronix cluster. 

  • a 25-year-old Singaporean woman who is a student at Singapore Institute of Management and has been attending lessons from home since April 2020. She is linked to the Case 63714 cluster, named after a 74-year-old Singaporean man who is a retiree – he was confirmed to have COVID19 infection on 24 May.

  • one-month-old boy who is also in the Case 63714 cluster. 

  • a 71-year-old Singaporean woman who is a Traditional Chinese Medicine physician at Bukit Timah Seu Teck Sean Tong Institution Limited. She is linked to the Case 63922 cluster, named after a 56-year-old Singaporean woman who is a homemaker – she was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 31 May.

  • a 29-year-old Singaporean man who works as an engineer at Thermo Fisher Scientific, and is a part-time student at Singapore Polytechnic and was last in school on 12 May. He is linked to the Case 63964 cluster, named after a 61-year-old Singaporean woman who works at NTUC FairPrice (Clementi Avenue 3) – she was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 1 June.

Sea crew included in the five imported cases

Among the five imported cases: 

  • one is a Singaporean and two are Singapore permanent residents who returned from Canada and India.

  • one student’s pass holder who arrived from the UAE.

  • one is a special pass holder who is a sea crew; he arrived from Thailand on a vessel and was tested onboard without disembarking. 

99% of total cases have recovered, 2 in ICU

With 33 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Saturday, 61,613 cases – or 99.1 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 207 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while two of them are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 323 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from the 33 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 173 confirmed cases reported from 30 May to 5 June, 67 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 87 have tested negative, and 19 serology test results are pending.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 138 cases in the week before to 129 cases in the past week, the MOH said. The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at 20 cases per week in the past two weeks.

In a national televised address on Monday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the government should be able to ease COVID-19 safe management restrictions after 13 June if the pandemic situation continues to improve and the number of community cases falls further.

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