Singapore

Singaporean man working at bus depot is sole community case

A 39-year-old Singaporean man who works at a bus depot in a "non-public facing" role is the sole community case announced by the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday.

The ministry said the case is currently unlinked and added that his job "does not entail interaction with commuters and bus captains".

The man was detected as part of the ministry's screening of all staff in the public bus industry who work at depots and interchanges.

MOH said it has completed testing more than 14,800 staff and close contacts of the cases between July 23 and Saturday, and five results are pending.

Of those tested, 10 had tested positive using the polymerase chain reaction test, including the three initial cases detected at the Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub last month.

The ministry said it also conducted serological tests for the 10 to determine if they had current or past infections.

Seven results have come back positive, which indicate a likely past infection, it added.

There were also two imported cases among the 100 new cases reported yesterday - a permanent resident aged 32 and a dependant's pass holder aged 30, who returned to Singapore from India on Aug 6 and Aug 10 respectively.

Both women tested positive for the virus on Monday.

PLACES VISITED BY PATIENTS

Meanwhile, Kallang Wave Mall, Seoul Garden at Bugis Junction and a McDonald's outlet at Bukit Batok Central have been added to the list of places visited by Covid-19 patients while they were still infectious.

Other places new to the list were Wan Shun Foodcourt at 888 Plaza in Woodlands and SBCD Korean Tofu House at Guoco Tower in Tanjong Pagar.

Migrant workers staying in dormitories made up the remaining 97 new cases announced yesterday, taking Singapore's total to 55,938.

The number of new daily cases in the community has remained stable at an average of two cases a day in the past two weeks. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also remained stable at an average of one a day.

With 183 cases discharged yesterday, 52,518 patients have fully recovered from the disease. A total of 88 patients remain in hospital, while 3,290 are recuperating in community facilities. None is in intensive care.


By the numbers

100 New cases

27 Deaths

1 New case in community

183 Discharged yesterday

Imported cases

52518 Total recovered

55938 Total cases

88 Total in hospital

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