Singapore reports 113 new COVID-19 cases

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Singapore reported 113 new COVID-19 infections as of noon yesterday, including five cases in the community.

This brings Singapore’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 42,736. Of the new community cases, one is a Singaporean and four are work pass holders, said Singapore Ministry of Health in its preliminary daily update.

The vast majority of cases are work permit holders living in foreign worker dormitories. The ministry said it was still working through the details of the cases and more updates would be announced later in the day.

Singapore entered Phase 2 of its reopening on Jun 19 after a “circuit breaker” period of almost two months that was aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

During this phase, people can dine in again at food and beverage outlets and gather in groups of up to five people. Retail outlets have also been allowed to reopen, as have personal health, tuition and other private enrichment services.

On Wednesday, the National Library Board announced that public libraries will reopen to the public on July 1 with shorter opening hours, as well as limits on the number of people allowed and duration of visits.

Libraries will operate on a “borrow and go” basis – people will be able to borrow and return physical materials, as well as use reservation and book drop services.

However, all seating and study areas, including newspaper and multimedia stations, will not be available.