10 of 25 new COVID cases in S'pore linked to Bukit Merah View Market cluster

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A woman takes her meal under a flyover as dining-in is restricted during the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore June 10, 2021.   REUTERS/Edgar Su
A woman takes her meal under a flyover as dining-in is restricted during the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore on 10 June, 2021. (PHOTO: Reuters)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (14 June) confirmed 25 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 62,301.

Of them, 19 are local cases – 18 are in the community while one resides in a dormitory. Eighteen are linked to previous cases, including ten added to the 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre cluster.

Monday marks the 50th consecutive day with local cases reported. The sole unlinked case is a 79-year-old Singaporean man who is employed by AO ServicePro as a cleaner at 375 and 376 Clementi Avenue 4. The man received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on 5 June.

Separately, a 16-year-old Singaporean boy who is a student at Anglo Chinese School (Independent) is linked to a previously announced case but is not part of an active cluster. As the case was his family member and household contact, the boy was placed on quarantine on 11 June. 

The remaining six cases are imported, including one returning Singaporean and two permanent residents from Bangladesh and India. The other three are a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from the Philippines, a work permit holder from Malaysia, and a short-term visit pass holder from Indonesia for a work project here.

"Amongst the new cases today, 11 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while 14 were symptomatic," said the MOH.

The ministry noted that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 105 in the week before to 49 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from 15 in the week before to 16 in the past week.

The MOH also announced the closure of two clusters – WOK HEY and "Case 63319" – as there have been no cases linked to them for the past two incubation periods, or 28 days. Singapore currently has 46 active COVID-19 clusters.

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115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre cluster: 10 new cases, 16 in total

The cluster was first linked to a 74-year-old Singaporean man who works at a sundry store at the food centre. The fully-vaccinated man was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 9 June.

Four of the ten new cases linked to the cluster work at the food centre and had been quarantined earlier:

  • a 71-year-old Singaporean woman who works as a food stall vendor (fully vaccinated)

  • a 67-year-old Singaporean man who is a general worker (fully vaccinated)

  • a 40-year-old Singaporean woman who works as a food stall vendor (received first dose of vaccine)

  • a 47-year-old Singaporean man who works as a cooking assistant (received first dose of vaccine)

Of the remaining six, most are family members or household contacts, or both, of cases in the cluster:

  • a 94-year-old Singaporean man who is a retiree and regularly goes to Telok Blangah Parcview Active Ageing Care Hub (quarantined earlier)

  • a 21-year-old Singaporean woman who works as an IT engineer at IBM at Changi Business Park Central 1 (fully vaccinated, quarantined earlier)

  • a 42-year-old Singaporean man who works as a hawker at Telok Blangah Drive Food Centre

  • a 17-year-old Singaporean boy who is a student at ITE College Central

  • a 64-year-old Singaporean man who is a retiree (link to cluster cases not mentioned)

  • a 29-year-old female India national who is currently unemployed (link to cluster cases not mentioned)

'Case 64184' cluster: 7 new cases, 10 in total

The cluster is named after the case number of a 27-year-old male India national who works as an engineer at Ecoxplore and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 12 June.

The seven new cases include Monday's sole dorm case: a 26-year-old male India national who works as an electrician at GT ENGRG and resides at Westlite Juniper located at 23 Mandai Estate. The fully-vaccinated man was identified as a close contact of the older man as he had been at Ecoxplore on 10 June and was placed on quarantine on 12 June.

The remaining six cases are:

  • a 42-year-old female India national employed by SQ 1 Development as a cleaner at Ascent at Science Park Drive (received first dose of vaccine, quarantined earlier)

  • a 29-year-old female India national who is a student at Amity Global Institute, Singapore (quarantined earlier)

  • a 45-year-old Malaysian woman who works as an analyst at Pinnacle Credit Services (quarantined earlier)

  • a 46-year-old Filipino woman who is a foreign domestic worker (received first dose of vaccine)

  • a 33-year-old Malaysian man employed as a cleaner by Eunike Living

  • a 26-year-old Singaporean woman employed by Cleen First Services as a cleaner at Emerald Park condominium

99% of total cases have recovered, 2 in ICU

With 25 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Monday, 61,894 cases – or 99.3 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 138 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while two of them are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 235 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from the 34 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 91 confirmed cases reported from 8 to 14 June, 37 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 34 have tested negative, and 20 serology test results are pending.

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