10 new Covid-19 cases linked to 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre cluster

A total of 16 cases are linked to this cluster.

Guan Zhen Tan | June 14, 2021, 10:56 PM

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 25 new cases of Covid-19 in Singapore on Monday, June 14.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in Singapore to 62,301.

There are 19 new cases of locally transmitted Covid-19 infection.

Based on MOH's investigations so far, 18 of the cases are in the community, and one is in a dormitory.

18 are linked to previous cases, amongst whom 13 have already been placed on quarantine.

Five were detected through surveillance, and the remaining case is currently unlinked.

This is updated from the afternoon press release as one more case has been linked to previous cases following epidemiological investigations.

There is one new case reported in the dormitories.

One unlinked community cases

There is one case in the community today that is currently unlinked.

Case 64217

  • 79-year-old male Singaporean who is employed by AO ServicePro Pte Ltd as a cleaner at 375 and 376 Clementi Avenue 4
  • Developed a runny nose on June 12, and diarrhoea and vomiting on June 13
  • Sought medical treatment at a General Practitioner (GP) clinic on June 13
  • ART test came back positive, PCR test came back positive on same day
  • Serology test result is pending
  • Received first dose of vaccine on June 5

Linked community cases

17  of the community cases are linked to clusters or previous cases.

Of the 17:

  • 10 are linked to the 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre cluster, including four who worked at the market and food centre. The cluster has now grown to 16 people, including food vendors and a 94-year-old retiree. The first case is Case 64132 a 74-year-old male Singaporean who works at a sundry store there, who was confirmed to have Covid-19 infection on June 9.
  • Six are linked to the Case 64184 cluster. Case 64184 is a 27-year-old male India national who works as an engineer at Ecoxplore Pte Ltd.
  • One, a 16-year-old Anglo Chinese School (Independent) student, is linked to Case 64159, an 18-year-old female Singaporean who is a student at SIM Global Education.

Dorm case

There is one case residing in a dormitory today that is linked to previous cases.

Case 64219

  • 26-year-old male India national who works as an electrician at GT ENGRG Pte Ltd. He resides at Westlite Juniper (23 Mandai Estate).
  • Identified as a close contact of Case 64184 and was placed on quarantine on June 12.
  • Tested for Covid-19 on June 13 during quarantine, and developed a runny nose later that day.
  • His test result came back positive for Covi-19 infection on June 14.
  • His earlier tests from RRT – the last being on June 4 – were all negative for Covid-19 infection.
  • His serology test result is pending.
  • Received his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Apr.3 and the second dose on Apr. 24.

Imported cases

The remaining cases announced today include six imported cases, from Bangladesh, India, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.

This includes one Singaporean and two Permanent Residents.

They have all already been placed on SHN upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN.

25 cases discharged

25 more cases of Covid-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.

In all, 61,894 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 138 confirmed cases who are still in the hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and two is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

235 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive for Covid-19.

34 have passed away from complications due to Covid-19 infection.

An overview of the local Covid-19 situation in the past weeks can be found here:

11 new locations

MOH regularly updates a list of public places visited by confirmed Covid-19 cases for more than 30 minutes when they were infectious.

11 new locations were added to the list on June 14, including ION Orchard, Vivocity and 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre.

Those who had been identified as close contacts of confirmed cases would already have been notified by MOH.

As a precautionary measure, persons who had been at these locations during the specified timings should monitor their health closely for 14 days from their date of visit.

They should see a doctor promptly if they develop symptoms of acute respiratory infection (such as cough, sore throat and runny nose), as well as fever and loss of taste or smell, and inform the doctor of their exposure history.

Individuals may access the SafeEntry Location Matching Self-Check service via the TraceTogether App, SingPass Mobile, or this website to check whether they were at these locations during the specified timings, based on their own SafeEntry records.

There is no need to avoid places where confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been, MOH said.

The National Environment Agency will engage the management of affected premises to provide guidance on cleaning and disinfection.

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