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345 More Cases Discharged, 213 New Cases of COVID-19 Infection Confirmed

         As of 28 June 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified an additional 213 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore. The breakdown is as follows: 

a) Imported cases: 0

There are no imported cases today.  

b) Cases in the community: 11 (6 Singaporeans, 2 Work Pass holders, 3 Work Permit holders)

Of the 11 cases in the community,  8 had been picked up as a result of our proactive surveillance and screening, and 1 had already been placed on quarantine earlier. 

Amongst the 6 Singaporean cases, 1 (Case 43297) was tested as part of our proactive screening of school students [1] who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection (ARI) at first presentation to a doctor. She is a student at East Spring Secondary School, but had not gone to school since onset of symptoms. Another case (Case 43315) had been identified as a contact of a previously confirmed case, and had already been quarantined earlier. He was swabbed during quarantine to verify his status. 2 cases (Cases 43316 and 43317) were detected due to our proactive surveillance of persons working at dormitories or deployed to frontline COVID-19 operations, even though they are asymptomatic. Epidemiological investigations are ongoing for the remaining 2 cases (Cases 43429 and 43483). 

All 5 Work Pass/ Work Permit holders (Cases 43426, 43484, 43485, 43486 and 43487) were detected from proactive screening of workers in essential services, even though they are asymptomatic. 

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased, from an average of 4 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 6 per day in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased, from an average of 2 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 4 per day in the past week. We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme.

c) Cases residing in dormitories: 202

We continue to pick up cases amongst Work Permit holders residing in dormitories, including in factory-converted dormitories, because of extensive testing in these premises, as part of our process to verify and test the status of all workers. 

2.   Details of these trends can be found in MOH’s daily situation Report ( Please refer to Annex A for the summary of the confirmed cases. 

3.       Of the new cases, 93% are linked to known clusters, while the rest are pending contact tracing. 

4.        MOH has been monitoring existing clusters for any further transmission. As there have been no more cases linked to the dormitories at 15A Senoko Way and 65 & 67 Tuas View Walk 2 for the past two incubation periods (i.e. 28 days), the clusters have now been closed.

Links between previous cases found

5.       In the past week (21 June to 27 June), MOH has uncovered links for 7 previously unlinked cases. 

6.     Further epidemiological investigations and contact tracing have uncovered links between previously announced and new cases. Please refer to Annex B and Annex C for details. 

Update on condition of confirmed cases

7.      345 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 37,508 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities. 

8.         There are currently 184 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and 1 is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 5,741 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19. 26 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection. 

28 JUNE 2020

[1] Includes students aged 13-years-old and above studying at secondary schools (including student care centres), special education schools, Institutes of Higher Learning and Private Education Institutions. For younger students, doctors will assess if a test is required.

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