The Ministry of Health (MOH) is currently investigating cases of Covid-19 infection amongst Vietnamese social hostesses who had frequented KTV lounges or clubs currently operating as F&B outlets, as well as their close social contacts.
Free Covid-19 testing for all individuals who have interacted with Vietnamese social hostesses
MOH has concluded that there is likely ongoing transmission at three KTV lounges or clubs, after conducting epidemiological investigations:
- Club Dolce Pte Ltd (Balestier Point)
- WU Bistro Pte Ltd (Golden Mile Complex)
- Club De Zara Pte Ltd (Textile Centre).
In order to break any potential chain of transmission, and to enable deep cleaning, these premises have been closed to all members of the public, from July 13 to July 27, 2021.
MOH will also be conducting special testing operations for all staff of WU Bistro Pte Ltd (Golden Mile Complex) and Club De Zara Pte Ltd (Textile Centre), in order to quickly uncover any community infection cases.
Such testing operations have already begun for staff working in Club Dolce (Balestier Point), and was announced on July 12.
In addition, MOH will also extend free Covid-19 testing to all members of the public who had visited the following premises between June 29 and July 13, 2021:
- WU Bistro Pte Ltd (Golden Mile Complex) or Club De Zara Pte Ltd (Textile Centre)
- Similar KTV lounges or clubs operating as F&B outlets
Free testing will also be extended to those who have interacted with Vietnamese social hostesses in any setting, between June 29 and July 13, 2021.
This is in addition to the testing operations announced on July 12 for staff and visitors of three other KTV outlets.
All visitors to these premises and similar settings, and those who had interacted with Vietnamese social hostesses are advised to monitor their health closely, and minimise social interactions as far as possible, for 14 days from their date of visit or interaction.
They are also encouraged to see a doctor immediately if they feel unwell.
19 new locally-transmitted cases
A total of 26 new cases of Covid-19 was confirmed on Tuesday (July 13), bringing the total number of cases in Singapore to 62,744.
There are 19 new cases of locally-transmitted Covid-19 infection, of which eight belong to the emerging KTV cluster.
Five of these cases are linked to previous cases, and have already been placed on quarantine.
10 of them are linked to previous cases, and were detected through surveillance, while four remain unlinked.
There are seven imported cases, all of whom had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.
Of these seven cases, five were 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 from 24 cases in the week before, to 37 cases in the past week.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from five cases in the week before, to 12 cases in the past week.
The seven-day moving average number of all linked community ases and all unlinked community cases are 3.6 and 1.7 respectively.
22 active clusters
There are currently 22 active clusters, ranging between three and 94 infections.
Out of the 19 locally-transmitted cases announced today, 15 of them can be linked to two clusters:
- Eight new cases in the KTV lounges/clubs cluster
- Seven new cases in the Case 64,697 cluster
Progress of vaccination programme
As of July 12, MOH have administered a total of 6,378,063 doses of Covid-19 vaccines under the national vaccination programme, covering 4,022,809 individuals.
A total of 2,367,424 individuals have completed the full vaccination regimen, consisting of 12,170 recovered persons who received at least one dose, and 2,355,254 individuals who received their second dose.
Condition of hospitalised cases
There are currently 94 cases currently warded in the hospital, most of whom are well and under observation.
In addition, there are currently seven cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and two are in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).
Top image via Club De Zara/FB.