Covid-19: Haig Road Market & Food Centre, Chong Pang Market to be closed until Aug. 4

To break the chain of transmission and enable deep cleaning of the premises.

Jane Zhang | July 21, 2021, 12:15 AM

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 195 new cases of Covid-19 in Singapore on Tuesday (Jul. 20).

This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 63,440.

182 new locally-transmitted cases

There are 182 cases of locally-transmitted Covid-19 infection. 81 are linked to previous cases, and have already been placed on quarantine.

75 are linked to previous cases and were detected through surveillance. 26 are currently unlinked.

142 are linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster and 14 belong to the KTV cluster.

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

There are 13 imported cases, who have already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

Six were detected upon arrival in Singapore, while seven developed the illness during SHN or isolation.

Increase in community cases

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 37 cases in the week before to 643 cases in the past week.

"We are likely to see rising cases in the coming days as we step up efforts to detect them to contain their spread in the community," MOH said.

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.

The seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 82.1 and 9.7 respectively.

Haig Road Market & Food Centre and Chong Pang Market closed

MOH said that they are investigating cases of Covid-19 infections 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.

The ministry has detected 25 cases among individuals who worked in or visited Haig Road Market & Food Centre, and 10 cases at Chong Pang Market.

In order 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 all members of the public from Jul. 21 to Aug. 4.

Chong Boon Market & Food Centre was previously announced to be closed to all members of the public from Jul. 18 to Aug. 1.

All individuals who work in the market and food centre have earlier been placed on quarantine, and tested during quarantine.

To uncover any community infection cases, free Covid-19 testing will be extended to members of the public who had visited Chong Boon Market & Food Centre between Jul. 3 and Jul. 17.

More details on the testing operations are available here.

Likely ongoing transmission at Club MX

MOH is also investigating cases of Covid-19 infection amongst social hostesses who had frequented KTV lounges or clubs currently operating as F&B outlets, and their close social contacts.

Epidemiological investigations have found that there is likely ongoing transmission at Club MX, located at 401 MacPherson Rd.

All visitors to the affected premises are advised to monitor their health closely, and to minimise social interactions as far as possible, for 14 days from their date of visit or interaction.

They are encouraged to see a doctor immediately if they feel unwell.

The ministry also advised all visitors to markets and food centres to avoid crowds and to do their marketing during off-peak hours, or at supermarkets. They are also advised to strictly observe the safe management measures.

26 active clusters

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

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

There are now a total of 207 cases linked to KTV lounges and clubs, and 321 linked to Jurong Fishery Port and Hong Lim Market & Food Centre.

Condition of hospitalised cases

There are currently 332 cases warded in the hospital, most of whom are well and under observation.

In addition, there are five cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

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

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

Progress of vaccination programme

As of Jul. 19, MOH has administered a total of 6,837,200 doses of Covid-19 vaccines under the national vaccination programme.

This covers 4,164,922 individuals.

2,792,430 individuals have received their second dose and completed the full vaccination regimen.

In addition, 69,095 doses of Sinovac vaccines have been administered as of Jul. 19, covering 63,194 individuals.

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