179 new cases of COVID-19 transmitted locally in Singapore; 2 new clusters including Marina Bay Sands Casino

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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 179 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, July 21 at noon, including 130 cases related to the Jurong fishing port cluster and eight belonging to the KTV lounge cluster.

There are now 454 cases linked to the Jurong Fishery Port / Hong Lim Market & Food Center cluster, making it the largest active cluster in the country.

A total of 215 cases have been linked to the KTV lounge cluster.

Among the new cases announced Wednesday, 149 are linked to previous infections, including 80 already placed in quarantine and 69 detected through surveillance tests.

The remaining 30 infections were unrelated to previous cases, the Department of Health (MOH) said in its subsequent update.

Four of the new cases were people over the age of 70 who were not vaccinated and are at risk of serious illness, the health ministry said.

There were also two imported infections, which were ordered to stay home or isolated on arrival. Both developed the disease during the home stay notice or the isolation period.

In total, there were 181 new cases of COVID-19 in Singapore on Wednesday.

MARINA BAY SANDS CASINO CLOSED

Two new clusters were identified: the Marina Bay Sands Casino cluster with a total of 11 cases and the Case 65231 cluster with four infections.

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The Ministry of Health did not provide further information on the 65231 file.

There are currently 28 active clusters in Singapore, ranging from three to 454 infections.

The Department of Health said it was investigating cases of COVID-19 infection involving people who worked or visited the Marina Bay Sands casino.

Eleven cases have so far been linked to the cluster and the health ministry said its epidemiological investigations revealed there was likely transmission going on at the casino.

To break the chain of transmission and allow for a thorough cleaning of the premises, Marina Bay Sands Casino will be closed to all members of the public from July 22 to August 5.

Special test operations for all casino staff will be conducted.

The free COVID-19 testing will also be extended to members of the public who visited Marina Bay Sands Casino between July 7 and July 21.

2 ADDITIONAL MARKETS CLOSED

A total of 22 cases were detected among people who worked or visited the Clementi 448 Market & Food Center while 12 infections were found at the Whampoa Drive market.

Both markets will be closed to all members of the public from July 22 to August 5 to break the chain of transmission and allow for a thorough cleaning of the premises.

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The two markets are the last to be found linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster. The other markets are Chong Boon Market & Food Center, Chong Pang Market, Haig Road Market & Food Center, and Hong Lim Market & Food Center.

The Department of Health also said free COVID-19 testing will be extended to those who visited Clementi 448 Market & Food Center at Clementi Avenue 3 and Haig Road Market & Food Center between July 7 and July 21.

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As an additional layer of cantonment to help identify cases and prevent further transmission, the health ministry said it was working with the People’s Association to distribute rapid antigen test self-test kits. (ART) to people who had visited selected markets and food centers in the last 14 days.

The collection will take place July 22-23 at Residents’ Committee centers near Whampoa Drive Market and 726 West Coast Market.

The health ministry said those eligible for ART kits are “strongly encouraged” to collect and use them. More information on self-collection can be found online.

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ONE MORE IDENTIFIED KTV

Epidemiological investigations have revealed that there is probably an ongoing transmission at Sakura Entertainment, located at 517 Geylang Road.

All visitors are advised to closely monitor their health and minimize social interaction as much as possible for 14 days from the date of their visit or interaction.

“We also advise all visitors to markets and food centers to avoid crowds and do your marketing during off-peak hours, or in supermarkets, and strictly observe safe management measures,” the ministry said. of Health.

Local COVID-19 transmissions in Singapore Jul 21, 2021

The total number of new cases in the community fell from 88 cases the previous week to 766 cases last week.

“We are likely to continue to see a high number of cases in the coming days as we step up our efforts to detect them in order to contain their spread in the community,” the health ministry said.

The number of unrelated cases in the community also fell from 14 the previous week to 82 cases last week.

A total of 379 cases are currently hospitalized, most of them in good health and under observation.

There are currently seven cases of serious illness requiring supplemental oxygen, and one in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Vaccination status of the Ministry of Health of COVID-19 cases

Local cases of COVID-19 in the past 28 days by vaccine status and severity of condition. (Figure: Ministry of Health)

None of these eight cases is fully vaccinated. Two people over the age of 60 became very ill, one completely unvaccinated and the other partially vaccinated, the health ministry said.

“There is continuing evidence that vaccination helps prevent serious illness when a person is infected. In the past 28 days, eight local cases required supplemental oxygen, were admitted to intensive care, or died.

“Six are not vaccinated, 2 are partially vaccinated, and none have been fully vaccinated.”

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RETURN TO PHASE 2 (REINFORCED ALERT)

Meals will be suspended and group sizes for social gatherings will be reduced to two from Thursday as Singapore returns to phase 2 (heightened alert) to combat rising local cases of COVID-19.

The measures will be in effect until August 18 and will replace measures introduced on Monday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a press release on Tuesday.

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The government will review the measures in two weeks and adjust them depending on the situation at that time, the ministry added.

The president’s office said on Wednesday that the Istana open house event scheduled for August 1 will be postponed to a later date, following the announcement of Singapore’s return to phase 2 (heightened alert).

Singapore reported a total of 63,621 cases of COVID-19 and 36 deaths from the disease on Wednesday.

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