21 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 3 in dormitories


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore
Medical personnel bring a migrant worker into a tent at a dormitory in Singapore, Apr 29, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Edgar Su)

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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 21 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tuesday (May 25), comprising 18 in the community and three in foreign worker dormitories.

This is the highest number of dormitory cases since Oct 8 last year, when there were four cases.

Fifteen of the locally transmitted infections were linked to previous cases. Eight of them had been placed on quarantine earlier and seven were detected through surveillance. 

The remaining six had no links to previous cases, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its preliminary daily update.

There were also nine imported infections, who had been placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Three were returning Singaporeans or permanent citizens.

In all, Singapore reported 30 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

Details of the new cases will be released on Tuesday night, said MOH.

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Singapore is in the second week of tighter community restrictions as part of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), which will be in place through Jun 13.

MOH said in response to queries from CNA about the mandatory testing of residents at Block 559, Pasir Ris Street 51 that 304 residents and visitors have tested negative for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.

MOH and the Ministry of National Development (MND) said on Sunday that four COVID-19 cases were detected in two different households living in the block.

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As of Tuesday, Singapore has reported a total of 61,890 COVID-19 cases and 32 fatalities.

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