Singapore reports 136 new COVID-19 cases

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Singapore reported 136 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, with 18 infections in the community, according to a preliminary update by the Ministry of Health (MoH).

This brings the total number of cases in the country to 44,800.

Among the community cases, six are Singaporeans or permanent residents and 12 work pass holders.

The MoH said five of the community infections were close contacts of earlier cases, and had already been placed on quarantine.

Epidemiological investigations are ongoing for the other infections.There were also seven imported cases, all of whom had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore.

The vast majority of yesterday’s infections are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, MOH said.

Singapore is currently in Phase 2 of its reopening, which began on June 19.

From July 13, cinemas are also allowed to re-open, with up to 50 patrons in each cinema hall.

Hotels in Singapore may also apply to re-open for staycation bookings. However, hotels will have to comply with various safe management measures to do so.

No more than five guests are allowed in each room.

People wearing face masks walk on a bridge along the Marina Bay area in Singapore. The Lion City is currently in Phase 2 of its re-opening, which began on June 19. PHOTO: AP