COVID: Singapore reports 195 new cases; 142 linked to Jurong Fishery Port cluster

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A man sits on a bench reading a newspaper in Singapore on July 14, 2021. (Photo by Roslan Rahman / AFP) (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
A man sits on a bench reading a newspaper in Singapore on July 14, 2021. (Photo by Roslan Rahman / AFP) (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

 

 

SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (20 July) confirmed 195 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 63,440.

There are 182 new cases of locally transmitted infections, of which 142 are linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster and 14 belong to the KTV cluster.

The MOH added in a press release that of the 182 local cases, 81 are linked to previous cases, and have already been placed on quarantine. A total of 75 are linked to previous cases and were detected through surveillance, while 26 are currently unlinked.

Among the cases are two seniors above 70 years old who are unvaccinated, and are at risk of serious illness.

In addition, there are 13 imported cases, who have already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore, the ministry said. Six were detected upon arrival in Singapore, while seven developed the illness during SHN or isolation.

26 active clusters, two clusters closed

There are currently 26 active clusters, ranging between 3 and 321 infections.

The Jurong Fishery Port cluster is the largest with 321 cases.  

As there have been no more cases linked to the Case 64233 and 90 Redhill Close clusters for the past two incubation periods, or 28 days, the clusters have now been closed, the ministry said. 

Closure of Haig Road Market & Food Centre and Chong Pang Market

The MOH has detected 25 cases among persons who worked in or visited Haig Road Market & Food Centre, and 10 cases at Chong Pang Market. These are likely seeded by fishmongers who visited Jurong Fishery Port to collect their stock and sell at the markets and food centres. 

To break the chain of transmission and enable deep cleaning of the premises, Haig Road Market & Food Centre and Chong Pang Market will be closed to the public from Wednesday to 4 August 2021.

List of markets and food centres linked to Jurong Fishery Port cluster (TABLE: MOH)
List of markets and food centres linked to Jurong Fishery Port cluster (TABLE: MOH)

There are currently 35 markets and food centres that have cases linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster. 

Besides the clusters which have been closed temporarily to break the chain of transmission and enable deep cleaning of the premises, those with at least three cases each are Clementi 448 Market and Food Centre, Whampoa Market and 726 West Coast Wet Market.

The other 28 markets listed above have less than three cases each. 

The MOH added that epidemiological investigations into the KTV cluster found that there is "likely ongoing transmission"of COVID-19 at Club MX at 401 MacPherson Road.

The addition means that there is likely ongoing transmission of COVID-19 at at least 22 such premises.

The ministry also noted that the number of new cases in the community has increased from 37 cases in the week before to 643 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 10 cases in the week before to 68 cases in the past week.

It added that the seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 82.1 and 9.7 respectively.

5 require oxygen supplementation; 1 in ICU

Over 62,532 cases in Singapore, or over 99 per cent of the total tally, have fully recovered from their infection and have been discharged from the hospital.

As of Tuesday, 332 cases are currently warded, most of whom are well and under observation.

There are currently five cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, with one in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU). All six are aged above 60 years old and none of them are fully vaccinated.

Apart from the 36 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.

Over the last 28 days, 10 local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to the ICU, or passed away. Of them, seven are unvaccinated, three are partially vaccinated and none are fully vaccinated.

As of Monday, 6.84 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.16 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Of some 2.79 million who have completed the full vaccination regimen, 120,152 are individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least one dose while the remaining are those who have received two doses.

The MOH guidelines state that recovered individuals – who are likely to have a strong immune response against COVID-19 within the first six months after their infection – are recommended to receive a single dose of vaccine to further boost their immunity against the disease.

Those who have received the Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine locally are not included in Singapore's national vaccination numbers. As of 19 July, 69,095 doses of the China-made vaccine have been administered to 63,194 individuals.

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