17 new infections in Singapore, all imported

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Seventeen new COVID-19 cases were reported in Singapore as of noon yesterday, said the Ministry of Health (MoH) in its daily preliminary update.

The new cases were imported and were placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival in Singapore.

No new cases were found in the community and in foreign workers’ dormitories.

Separately, MoH is investigating 13 imported COVID-19 cases who served their stay-home notice at Mandarin Orchard Singapore hotel after they were observed to have “high genetic similarity” despite coming from different countries.

The Health Ministry and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said yesterday this suggests the cases were “likely infected from a similar source” and they cannot exclude that transmissions could have occurred at Mandarin Orchard hotel.

The cases served their stay-home notice at the hotel between October 22 and November 11.

Travellers walk in terminal 3 of Singapore’s Changi Airport. PHOTO: XINHUA

As a precautionary measure, the hotel will stop accepting new guests with immediate effect and all current guests will be checked out, the authorities said in a press release.

Government agencies will be stepping up enforcement checks on COVID-19 safe management measures at food and beverage (F&B) outlets from this weekend, the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) said on Friday.

The increase in the number of inspections, which will take place over the next few weeks, are to ensure compliance with COVID-19 safe management measures during the festive period.

The MSE also reminded F&B outlets and patrons that the current group size limit of five people will apply until Phase 3 of Singapore’s reopening takes effect on December 28, when social gatherings of up to eight people are allowed in public.

Singapore has reported a total of 58,403 COVID-19 infections as of yesterday.