75 of 127 new local COVID-19 cases in Singapore linked to Jurong Fishery Port cluster

·Editorial Team
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Vistors walk past the Merlion at the Marina Bay on 18 July, 2021. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
Vistors walk past the Merlion at the Marina Bay on 18 July, 2021. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (24 July) reported 130 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 64,054.

There are 127 new locally transmitted infections within the community, of which 75 are linked to the Jurong Fishery Port Cluster while five are linked to the KTV cluster, said MOH in a news release. The latest figures take the case counts for the two clusters up to 741 and 232, respectively.

Sixty-nine of the local cases are linked to past cases and have already been placed on quarantine, while 29 are linked to previous cases and were detected via surveillance. Another 29 cases are unlinked.

Among the new cases are six seniors aged above 70, who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and are at risk of serious illness.

There are also three imported cases, who have already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon their arrival in Singapore. One was detected upon arrival, while the other two developed the illness during SHN or isolation.

A total of 490 cases are currently warded in hospital. Most are well and under observation. There are currently 12 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and one in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU). None amongst these 13 cases is fully vaccinated. Nine seniors above 60 years, who are completely unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, have fallen very ill.

An 83-year-old Singaporean woman died of COVID-19 infection on Saturday. The woman, who was unvaccinated and had a history of hypertension and high cholesterol, was linked to the 121 Bukit Merah View cluster, which has 94 cases to date.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 238 cases in the week before to 1,027 cases in the past week. A high number of cases in the coming days is expected as the authorities step up efforts to detect them to contain their spread in the community. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 17 cases in the week before to 120 cases in the past week. 

The seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 129.6 and 17.1 respectively.

There are two new clusters on Saturday including one linked to Samy’s Curry Restaurant with eight cases and another linked to Case 65791 with four cases so far. In total, there are currently 26 active clusters, ranging between three and 741 infections. As there have been no more cases linked to the Case 64184 and Case 64264 clusters for the past two incubation periods (i.e. 28 days), the clusters have been closed.

MOH is investigating cases of COVID-19 infection involving individuals who visited Samy’s Curry Restaurant. There is likely ongoing transmission at the restaurant, it said. 

Samy’s Curry Restaurant will be closed to all members of the public from Sunday to 8 August to break the chain of transmission and enable deep cleaning of the premises.

All individuals who work in the restaurant have been placed on quarantine, and will be tested during quarantine. To quickly uncover any community infection cases, the authorities will also extend free COVID-19 testing to members of the public who had visited Samy’s Curry Restaurant between Monday and Friday. They can refer to https://go.gov.sg/samy-testing for details on the testing operations.

All visitors to the Dempsey area are advised to monitor their health closely, and minimise social interactions for 14 days from their date of visit or interaction. They are encouraged to see a doctor immediately if they feel unwell.

As of Friday, a total of 7.06 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines under the national vaccination programme have been administered. Some 4.22 million individuals have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Of the 2.96 million individuals who have completed the full vaccination regimen, 120,313 of them are recovered persons who received at least one dose and the remaining 2.84 million have received their second dose. 

In addition, 81,227 doses of Sinovac vaccines were administered as of Friday, covering 67,373 individuals. Those who have received the Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine locally are not included in Singapore's national vaccination numbers.

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