Free Covid-19 self-test kits for Admiralty & Bukit Timah markets visitors from July 24

There are three new clusters today, ranging between three to five cases.

Fiona Tan | July 24, 2021, 12:44 AM

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced that those who had visited Admiralty Wet Market and Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre can collect antigen rapid test (ART) self-test kits.

Collect self-test kits at nearby Residents’ Committee Centres

The ART self-test kits can be collected at Residents’ Committee Centres near the above mentioned market and food centres, where they will be distributed by the People's Association (PA) from July 24 to July 25.

To find out where the nearest Residents’ Committee Centre for self-collection is, individuals can visit here.

MOH strongly encourages those who had visited the mentioned markets and food centres in the last 14 days to collect and perform self-testing using these ART kits.

This is part of MOH's added layer of ringfencing to help identify cases and prevent further transmission.

MOH is investigating cases of Covid-19 infection involving markets and food centres which are likely seeded by fishmongers who visited Jurong Fishery Port to collect their stock and sell at the markets and food centres.

130 new locally-transmitted cases

MOH has confirmed 133 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore on Friday (July 23).

This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 63,924.

There are 130 cases of locally-transmitted Covid-19 infection, of which 78 are linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster while six belong to the KTV cluster.

Out of the 101 linked cases, 64 have already been placed on quarantine, while 37 were detected through surveillance.

There are 29 unlinked cases.

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

There are three imported cases, who have already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

One was detected upon arrival in Singapore, while the remaining two developed the illness during SHN or isolation.

Increase in community cases

The number of new cases in the community has increased by 783 from 178 cases in the week before to 961 cases in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased by 79  from 18 cases in the week before to 97 cases in the past week.

The seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 123.4 and 13.9 respectively.

Condition of hospitalised cases

There are currently 447 cases warded in the hospital, most of whom are well and under observation.

In addition, there are 11 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and two are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

None from the above 13 cases are fully vaccinated.

In addition, 11 seniors above the age of 60 years, who are completely unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, have fallen very ill.

There is continuing evidence that vaccination helps to prevent serious disease when one gets infected, MOH said.

Over the last 28 days, ten local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to ICU or passed away. Eight are unvaccinated, two are partially vaccinated and none was fully vaccinated.

Three new clusters out of 26 active clusters

There are currently 26 active clusters, ranging between three to 665 infections.

Of which, three of the clusters are new and they are:

  • Case 65342, with a total of 3 cases
  • Case 65360, with a total of 4 cases
  • Case 65484, with a total of 5 cases

The Jurong Fishery Port and Hong Lim Market & Food Centre cluster is Singapore's largest cluster with a total of 665 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Progress of vaccination programme

Under the national vaccination programme, MOH has administered a total of 6,978,317 doses of Covid-19 vaccines to 4,201,110 individuals, as of July 22.

2,897,480 individuals have completed the full vaccination regimen, consisting of 120,273 recovered persons who received at least one dose and 2,777,207 who received their second dose.

In addition, 76,411 doses of Sinovac vaccines have been administered as of Jul. 22 to 65,877 individuals.

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