9 more Covid-19 cases linked to Bukit Merah View food centre; closure extended to June 26

SINGAPORE – Nine more cases have been confirmed to be linked to the Bukit Merah View Food Centre cluster, most of whom are food stall workers there or their household contacts, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (June 15) night.

This brings the total number of cases in the cluster to 25.

The food centre will have its closure extended to June 26 for cleaning and to break the chain of transmission, said MOH. It has been closed since June 13 and was meant to be opened again on Wednesday.

“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 June 26,” it said.

Overall, there were 14 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as at Tuesday, taking Singapore’s total to 62,315, said the ministry.

All were locally transmitted within the community, with no new imported cases.

Four of the community cases are unlinked, and 10 are linked to existing cases.

Of the linked cases, five had already been placed under quarantine, while the other five were detected through surveillance.

The four unlinked cases include a 36-year-old homemaker who developed a fever on June 8, and subsequently loss of taste and smell on June 10. She sought medical treatment on Monday when she visited a general practitioner, where she was administered both an antigen rapid test (ART) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Both test results came back positive for Covid-19 infection. Her serology test result is pending.

She is a household contact of a 35-year-old male Singaporean who works as a senior executive at NETS, and who is a linked case detected through surveillance.

Tuesday is the first day since June 29 last year to have zero imported cases reported. There were also no new cases from workers’ dormitories.

The weekly total number of community cases is 60 this week, down from 93 the previous week.

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There are 44 active clusters currently, down from 46 on Monday.

As at Tuesday night, 137 patients remain hospitalised, including two in critical condition in the intensive care unit, while 233 are recuperating in community facilities.

Singapore has had 34 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.

Read the full MOH press release here.

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