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16 Jun 2021

15th Jun 2021

          As of 15 June 2021, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified that there are 14 new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. The cases are in the community, and there are no new cases in the dormitories. Of the 14 cases in the community, 5 are linked to previous cases and have already been placed on quarantine. 9 were detected through surveillance, amongst whom 5 are linked to previous cases and 4 are currently unlinked.[1] There are no imported cases today. Amongst the new cases today, 4 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while 10 were symptomatic. 
 
Summary of new cases

 

 

 

Breakdown by

 

Breakdown by

 

Number of cases

 

Already in quarantine/ isolation before detection

Detected from surveillance

 

Symptomatic

Asymptomatic

Cases in the community

14

 

5

9

 

10

4

Cases residing in dormitories

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

Imported cases

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

Total

14

 

 

 

 

 

 


2.      Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 93 cases in the week before to 60 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from 10 cases in the week before to 18 cases in the past week. We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme.
 
3.      Amongst the 96 confirmed cases reported from 9 June to 15 June, 40 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 41 have tested negative, and 15 serology test results are pending.
 
Case Details
 
a)      Cases in the community: 14
 
There are 14 cases in the community today, of whom 10 are linked to previous cases and 4 are currently unlinked.
 
Currently unlinked cases
 
Detected through surveillance:
 
Case 64233 is a 41 year-old female Philippines national who is a foreign domestic worker. She developed a sore throat, cough and anosmia on 14 June and her employer brought her to a regional screening centre (RSC), where she was tested for COVID-19 on the same day. Her antigen rapid test (ART) result was negative for COVID-19 but her polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 14 June. Her serology test result is negative for the N antigen, which suggests the presence of early infection. Case 64233 received her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 21 May. Individuals who are unwell or have medical concerns should consult their primary care doctors, and may be referred for COVID-19 screening at the RSCs. They should not go directly to a RSC for COVID-19 tests unless they are invited as part of our community surveillance testing operations.
 
Case 64236 is a 36 year-old female Singaporean who is a homemaker, and a family member and household contact of Case 64230. She developed a fever on 8 June, and subsequently loss of taste and smell on 10 June but did not seek medical treatment until 14 June when she visited a General Practitioner (GP) clinic, where she was administered both an ART and PCR test. Both test results came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 14 June. Her serology test result is pending.
 
Case 64237 is a 30 year-old female Singaporean who works as a sales representative at Imperva Singapore Pte Ltd. She developed a fever and runny nose on 14 June and sought medical treatment at a GP clinic on the same day, where she was administered both an ART and PCR test. Her ART result came back positive on the same day, and her PCR test result came back positive for COVID-19 on 15 June. Her serology test result is pending.
 
Case 64238 is a 35 year-old male Singaporean who is currently unemployed. He developed a fever on 12 June and sore throat on 13 June. He sought medical treatment at a GP clinic on 14 June, where he was administered both an ART and PCR test. He was immediately isolated when his ART result came back positive for COVID-19 on the same day. His PCR test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 15 June. His serology test result is pending.
 
115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre cluster
 
Already quarantined:
 
Case 64223 is a 37 year-old female India national who is a food stall vendor at 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre. She is a household contact of Case 64225. As she had been identified as a close contact of Case 64132[2], she was placed on quarantine on 11 June. She is asymptomatic, and was detected when she was tested for COVID-19 on 13 June during quarantine. Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 14 June. Her serology test result is pending.
 
Case 64224 is a 77 year-old male Singaporean who works as a food stall vendor at 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre. As he had been identified as a close contact of Case 64132, he was placed on quarantine on 12 June. He is asymptomatic, and was detected when he was tested for COVID-19 on 13 June during quarantine. His test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 14 June. His serology test result is negative for the N antigen, which suggests the presence of early infection. Case 64224 received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 8 April, and the second dose on 29 April.
 
Case 64225 is a 39 year-old male India national who is a food stall vendor at 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre. He is a household contact of Case 64223. As he had been identified as a close contact of Case 64132, he was placed on quarantine on 11 June. He is asymptomatic, and was detected when he was tested for COVID-19 on 13 June during quarantine. His test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 14 June. His serology test result is pending. Case 64225 received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 5 May, and the second dose on 2 June.
 
Case 64226 is a 30 year-old male India national who works as a supervisor at Keong Hong Construction Pte Ltd. He is a household contact of Cases 64201[3], 64202[4], 64212[5] and 64213[6], and  was placed on quarantine on 13 June. On the same day, he developed a fever and runny nose, and was tested for COVID-19 on 13 June during quarantine. His test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 14 June. His earlier tests from RRT – the last being on 7 June – were all negative for COVID-19 infection. His serology test result is negative. 
 
Case 64234 is a 33 year-old female Singapore Permanent Resident who is a cleaner employed by SATS Facility Management. She is a family member and household contact of Case 64205[7], and was placed on quarantine on 13 June. She developed a fever and body aches on 14 June, and was tested for COVID-19 on the same day during quarantine. Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 15 June. Her serology test result is pending.
 
 
Detected through surveillance:
 
Case 64229 is an 87 year-old male Singaporean who is a retiree. He frequently visited 115 and 116 Bukit Merah View. He developed a fever on 13 June and sought medical treatment at a polyclinic the next day, where he underwent both an ART and PCR test. Both test results came back positive for COVID-19 infection on the same day. His serology test result is pending.
 
Case 64231 is a 35 year-old male India national who works as a sales executive at Halnaz Frozen Goods Pte Ltd. He has been working from home since 16 May but occasionally goes to the company’s shop at 115 Bukit Merah View Market and Food Centre. He developed a fever on 12 June but did not seek medical attention. On 14 June, he sought medical treatment at Alexandra Hospital, where he was administered both an ART and PCR test. His test results came back positive for COVID-19 infection on the same day. His serology test result is pending.
 
Case 64232 is a 35 year-old female Singaporean who is a teacher at KidsCampus (Chai Chee). She is a family member of Case 64218[8] but was not placed on quarantine as Case 64218 had not reported her as a contact. She is asymptomatic, and was detected when she went for a COVID-19 test at a GP clinic on 14 June, where she was administered both an ART and PCR test. Both her test results came back positive for COVID-19 on the same day. Her serology test result is pending.
 
Case 64239 is a 72 year-old male Singaporean who is a retiree. He developed a cough and sore throat on 13 June and sought medical treatment at a GP clinic on 14 June, where he was administered both an ART and PCR test. His ART result was negative for COVID-19, and he developed a fever on the same day. His PCR test result came back positive for COVID-19 on 15 June. His serology test result is pending. Case 64239 received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 22 May, and the second dose on 12 June.
 
Other linked cases
 
Detected through surveillance:
 
Case 64230 is a 35 year-old male Singaporean who works as a senior executive at NETS. He developed a fever and sore throat on 13 June and sought medical treatment at a General Practitioner (GP) clinic on 14 June, where he was administered both an antigen rapid test (ART) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Both his ART and PCR test results came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 14 June. His serology test result is pending.
 
b)      Cases residing in dormitories: 0
 
There are no cases residing in dormitories today.
 
 
c)      Imported cases: 0
 
There are no imported cases today.
 
4.      Please refer to the Annexes and MOH’s daily Situation Report (www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/situation-report) for details.
 
5.      Epidemiological investigations are in progress. In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the cases have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that we can detect asymptomatic cases. We will also conduct serological tests for the close contacts to determine if the cases could have been infected by them.
 
6.      MOH has been monitoring existing clusters for any further transmission. As there have been no more cases linked to the Case 63290 and White Sands clusters for the past two incubation periods (i.e. 28 days), the clusters have now been closed.
 
Extension of closure of 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre to 26 June
 
7.      MOH is investigating cases of COVID-19 infection amongst individuals who work in or visited 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre. There are so far 25 cases linked to the cluster. To break the chain of transmission and enable deep cleaning of the premises, 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre has been closed to all members of the public from 13 June to 15 June 2021. With the detection of more cases amongst the market and food centre staff and their close contacts which suggests that there is ongoing spread with wider transmission, the closure of 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre will be extended to 26 June 2021 (inclusive).
 
8.      All staff and tenants who have been working at 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre from 25 May have been placed on quarantine, and are tested during quarantine. In order to disrupt any wider, undetected community transmission, we have commenced special testing operations on 14 June for all staff and tenants who have been working in 116 Bukit Merah View from 25 May. We have also extended free COVID-19 testing to members of the public who had visited the shops at 115 and 116 Bukit Merah View between 25 May and 12 June. The testing operations are in progress.
 
9.      All visitors to 115 and 116 Bukit Merah View between 25 May and 12 June are advised to monitor their health closely, and minimise social interactions as far as possible, for 14 days from their date of visit. They are encouraged to see a doctor immediately if they feel unwell.
 
Update on condition of confirmed cases
 
10.     17 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 61,911 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.
 
11.     There are currently 137 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and 2 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 233 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. 34 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.
 
 
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
15 JUNE 2021



[1]  This is updated from the afternoon press release as 1 more case has been linked to previous cases following epidemiological investigations. 
[2]  Case 64132 is a 74 year-old male Singaporean who works at a sundry store at 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 9 June.
[3]  Case 64201 is a 29 year-old female India national who is currently unemployed. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 13 June.
[4]  Case 64202 is a 17 year-old male Singaporean who is a student at ITE College Central. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 13 June.
[5]  Case 64212 is a 21 year-old female Singaporean who works as an IT engineer at IBM (Changi Business Park Central 1). She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 13 June.
[6]  Case 64213 is a 47 year-old male Singaporean who works as a cooking assistant at 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 13 June.
[7]  Case 64205 is a 71 year-old female Singaporean who works as a food stall vendor at 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 13 June.
[8]  Case 64218 is a 42 year-old male Singaporean who works as a hawker at Telok Blangah Drive Food Centre. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 14 June.