The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 14 new cases of Covid-19 infection on Tuesday (June 15).
All 14 cases are of locally transmitted Covid-19 infection, of whom 10 are linked to previous cases, and four are currently unlinked.
This brings the the total number of cases to 62,315.
Summary of unlinked cases
The details of the four unlinked cases reported today can be found here:
Case 64,233 is a 41-year-old female Philippines national who is a foreign domestic worker.
She developed a sore throat, cough and anosmia on June 14, and her employer brought her to a regional screening centre (RSC), where she was tested for Covid-19 on the same day.
Her antigen rapid test (ART) result was negative for Covid-19 but her polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result came back positive for Covid-19 infection on June 14. Her serology test result is negative for the N antigen, which suggests the presence of early infection.
She received her first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on May 21.
According to MOH, individuals who feel unwell or have medical concerns should consult their primary care doctors, after which they may be referred for Covid-19 screening at the RSCs.
They should not go directly to a RSC for Covid-19 tests, unless they are invited as part of MOH's community surveillance testing operations.
Case 64,236 is a 36-year-old female Singaporean who is a homemaker, and a family member and household contact of Case 64,230.
She developed a fever on 8 June, and subsequently loss of taste and smell on June 10, but did not seek medical treatment until June 14, when she visited a General Practitioner (GP) clinic, where she was administered both an ART and PCR test.
Both test results came back positive for Covid-19 infection on June 14. Her serology test result is pending.
Case 64,237 is a 30-year-old female Singaporean who works as a sales representative at Imperva Singapore Pte Ltd.
She developed a fever and runny nose on June 14, and sought medical treatment at a GP clinic on the same day, where she was administered both an ART and PCR test.
Her ART result came back positive on the same day, and her PCR test result came back positive for Covid-19 on June 15. Her serology test result is pending.
Case 64,238 is a 35-year-old male Singaporean who is currently unemployed. He developed a fever on June 12 and sore throat on June 13.
He sought medical treatment at a GP clinic on June 14, where he was administered both an ART and PCR test. He was immediately isolated when his ART result came back positive for Covid-19 on the same day.
His PCR test result came back positive for Covid-19 infection on June 15. His serology test result is pending.
Summary of linked cases
There are 10 new cases of locally-transmitted Covid-19 infection that are linked to previous cases or clusters.
Of these 10 cases:
- Nine are related to the 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre cluster. Five of these cases were already quarantined when they tested positive for Covid-19, while the other four were detected through surveillance.
- The last case, Case 64,230, was detected through surveillance.
Here's an overview of the local Covid-19 situation in the past weeks:
115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre closure extended
According to MOH, there are currently 25 cases linked to the 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre cluster.
While the premises have already been closed to the public from June 13 to June 15, 2021, to facilitate a deep cleaning of the premises, the detection of additional cases among the market and food centre staff and their close contacts suggest that there is an ongoing spread with wider transmission.
As a result. the closure of 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre will now be extended to June 26, 2021.
In addition, MOH said that all staff and tenants who have been working at the premises from May 25 have been placed on quarantine, and are being tested during quarantine.
In order to disrupt any wider, undetected community transmission, MOH have also commenced special testing operations on June 14 for all staff and tenants who have been working in 116 Bukit Merah View from May 25.
Free Covid-19 testing has also been extended to members of the public who had visited the shops at 115 and 116 Bukit Merah View between May 25 and June 12, and testing operations are in progress.
All visitors to 115 and 116 Bukit Merah View between May 25 and June 12 are advised to monitor their health closely, and to minimise social interactions as far as possible, for 14 days from their date of visit.
They are also encouraged to see a doctor immediately if they feel unwell.
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