COVID: 23 new community cases, including 8 in Changi Business Park cluster

·Editorial Team
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A family jogs past a cordoned off rest area at a beach on May 23, 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 and attractions. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A family jogs past a cordoned off rest area at a beach on May 23, 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 and attractions. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (29 May) confirmed 33 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 62,003.

Among them, 23 are community cases, with 19 being linked to previous cases. Eight of them were linked to the Changi Business Park cluster, centred on cleaners from Hong Ye Group.

The four unlinked cases, who were detected through surveillance, are:

  • A 40 year-old female Singaporean who works as a teacher at Rosyth School

  • A 49 year-old female Singaporean who works as an executive at Eng Soon Chair & Table Hire Service

  • A 33 year-old male Malaysia national who works as a kitchen assistant at Hua Zai Eating House  

  • A a 23 year-old male Malaysia national who works as a cook at West Grill Station (Anchorvale)

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 199 cases in the week before to 138 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 48 cases in the week before to 23 cases in the past week.  

Amongst the 204 confirmed cases reported from 23-29 May, 42 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 113 have tested negative, and 49 serology test results are pending.

There are a total of 37 open clusters. 

Hong Ye Group Group cleaners cluster

The eight cases, all of whom had already been quarantined bar one case, are:

  • A 58 year-old female Singaporean homemaker 

  • Two female Singaporean students and family members, aged seven and nine, at Boon Lay Garden Primary school 

  • A 1 year-old boy, who is a student at Little Explorers Cove @ Boon Lay, and an 8 month-old female Singaporean who does not attend any childcare facility, who are family members

  • A 32 year-old female Singaporean homemaker

  • A 47 year-old male Singaporean who works as a part-time cleaner at ABBA Maintenance Pte Ltd

  • A 13 year-old Singaporean girl who is a student at Xinghua Primary School  

Changi Prison Complex cluster

One additional case, who was already quarantined, is a 48 year-old male Singaporean inmate at Changi Prison Complex.

Chevy’s Bar and Bistro cluster

One additional case, who was detected through surveillance, is a 21 year-old male Malaysian who works as one of the kitchen staff at Indo Bowl (39 Sultan Gate).

JEM/ Westgate cluster

Two more cases were uncovered. 

One, who was already quarantined, is a 32 year-old male Singaporean who works at the National Library Board. The other, who was detected through surveillance, is a 32 year-old male Singaporean who works as a chef at LeVeL33 (8 Marina Boulevard) and had visited Westgate on 20 May.  

McDonald’s delivery riders cluster

One additional case, who was already quarantined, is a 28 year-old male Malaysian who works as one of the kitchen staff and service crew at Pizza Hut Express (Holland Village MRT). 

Case 63319 cluster

Two more cases, who had already been quarantined, were uncovered. 

One is a 39 year-old female Singaporean who works as a teacher at Pathlight School.

The other is a 9 year-old female Singaporean who is a student at Springdale Primary School.

Case 63806 cluster

Three more cases were detected through surveillance:

  • A 44 year-old male Indian national who works as an IT engineer at AXA Go Singapore

  • A 26 year-old male Indian national who works as an engineer at GlobalFoundries Pte Ltd

  • A 26 year-old male Indian national who works at Success Consultancy Pte Ltd  

Separately, another case uncovered is a 27 year-old male Malaysian who works at McDonald’s at 293 18 Yishun Street 22 and is a household contact of Case 63743.

Imported cases

There are 10 imported cases, who have already been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore. Of these, five are returning Singaporeans or permanent residents.

  • Three are Singaporeans and two are permanent Residents who returned from India and the Philippines.

  • Four are work permit holders who arrived from Indonesia and the Philippines, of whom 1 (Case 63817) is a foreign domestic worker.

  • One is a Special Pass holder who arrived from Indonesia on a vessel and disembarked for a crew change

16 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 61,423, or about 99 per cent of total cases, have fully recovered.

There are currently 226 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, of whom most are stable or improving, and 3 are in the intensive care unit. 

Some 322 patients are isolated and cared for at community facilities. have died from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

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