SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 30 new cases of COVID-19 at noon on Tuesday (January 19th), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its preliminary daily update.
There are four locally transmitted cases in the community. No cases were reported in dormitories of foreign workers.
Twenty-six of the cases are imported infections and were put on notice of stay at home on arrival, the minister said.
Details of the cases will be released on Tuesday night, the ministry added.
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IOS STILL CASES Silently within the community: LAWRENCE WONG
Education Minister Lawrence Wong said Monday that authorities are seeing more new infected cases in the community in recent days.
“For the first time in several months we have a local complex linked to a police station. Unfortunately, there have also been several recent cases where they have not sought medical attention despite suffering from flu-like symptoms,” he said in a Facebook post.
Mr Wong, who also co-chairs the COVID-19 multi-ministerial task force, said contact trackers were working hard to identify all possible contacts, hit potential cases and prevent them from spreading further.
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“We are also monitoring the situation closely and examining whether additional measures are needed to ensure that the infection remains under control,” he said.
“In the meantime, work with all safe management measures – put on your masks, see a doctor when you are sick and do your part to reduce the risk of transmission. The virus is still circulating silently in our community and we can not let go. our guard to stay down. “
PILOT FOR OPENING NIGHT OPENING, KARAIKE RESULTS
Amid an increase in the number of Community cases, a pilot project for some nightclubs and karaoke shops to reopen with the COVID-19 security measures in place has been postponed until recently.
This is to avoid the risk of further community transmission and cluster formation in high-risk areas, such as nightclubs and karaoke shops, the Home Office (MHA) and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MTI) said on Tuesday.
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Such arrangements involve people who come into close contact for extended periods of time and indoors, the ministries added.
The pilot for nightclubs and karaoke shops was due to start this month. Authorities had selected two nightclubs and 10 karaoke shops to participate in the pilot, out of a total of eight nightclub nominations and 15 karaoke shops.
Ministries said it was uncertain when the pilot could start, given the “dynamic state of public health”. The agencies will review the start of the pilots at an appropriate time, they added.
As of Tuesday, Singapore has reported a total of 59,157 COVID-19 cases.
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