SINGAPORE: Clementi 448 Market and Food Center and Whampoa Drive Market will close for two weeks starting Thursday (July 22) after being identified as COVID-19 clusters linked to Jurong fishing port.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said it was investigating cases of COVID-19 involving markets and food centers that are likely “stocked” by fishmongers who visited Jurong fishing port to collect their stock and sell in these markets and food centers.
A total of 22 cases of COVID-19 have been detected among people who have worked or visited the Clementi 448 Market and Food Center. 12 other cases of COVID-19 have been detected at Whampoa Drive Market, the Ministry of Health said. Health in its daily update.
Markets will be closed from Thursday to August 5 to break the chain of transmission and for a thorough cleaning, the health ministry added.
Free COVID-19 testing will be extended to people who visited Clementi 448 Market and Food Center between July 7 and July 21.
The Department of Health will also extend free testing for visitors between July 7 and July 21 to the Haig Road Market and Food Center, which was identified on Tuesday as a group linked to the fishing port.
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As an “extra layer of cantonment” to help identify cases of COVID-19 and prevent further transmission, the Department of Health is working with the People’s Association to distribute rapid test self-test kits. antigen (ART) to people who have visited selected markets and food centers in the past two weeks.
Pickup will take place Thursday and Friday at Residents’ Committee centers near Whampoa Drive Market and 726 West Coast Market.
“Eligible people are strongly encouraged to collect and perform self-tests using these ART kits,” the health ministry said.
As of noon as of Wednesday, 454 cases of COVID-19 are linked to the Jurong Fishery Port / Hong Lim Market and Food Center cluster.
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In total, six markets and food centers are listed as COVID-19 clusters linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster.
Besides Clementi 448 Market and Food Center and Whampoa Drive Market, the other four are Chong Boon Market and Food Center, Chong Pang Market, Haig Road Market and Food Center, and Hong Lim Market and Food Center.
Markets and food centers with three or more cases of COVID-19:
1. Boon Lay Place Market and Food Village
2. Bukit Panjang wet market
3.353 Clementi Market
4. Geylang Serai Market
5. Taman Jurong Market
6. Teban garden market
7. 726 West Coast Market
Markets and food centers with less than three checkouts:
1. Admiralty Wet Market
2. Albert Center market and food center
3. Amoy Street Food Center
4. Ang Mo Kio Central Market and Food Center
5. Bangkit Market
6. 216 Bedok Food Center and Market
7. Market and food center at 630 Bedok Reservoir Road
8. Bukit Panjang Wet Market
9. Bukit Timah Wet Market
10. Cheng San Market and Cookery Center
11. Geylang Bahru Market
12. Jurong Central Square
13. 497 Jurong West Street 41 Market
14. 505 Jurong West Street 52 Market
15. Kim Keat Palm Market and Food Center
16. Mayflower Wet Market and Food Center
17. Mei Ling Market and Food Center
18. Redhill Market
19. 118 Rivervale Drive Market
20. Shunfu Market
21. Teck Ghee Market and Food Center
22. 146 Teck Whye Avenue Market
23. Tekka Center
24. Block 11 of Telok Blangah Crescent
25. Tiong Bahru Market
26. 58 Upper Changi Road New Market and Food Center
27. 622 Yew tee market
28. Yuhua Market and Hawker Center
Singapore reported 179 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections as of noon on Wednesday.
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