Singapore reports 142 new COVID-19 cases, including prison inmate on social visit pass

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Singapore reported 142 new COVID-19 cases as of noon yesterday, bringing the national tally to 41,615.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said there was one case in the community – a prison inmate on a social visit pass who arrived in Singapore before the implementation of border measures.

“He had been segregated from the general inmate population since his admission to Changi Prison Complex on June 6, and was tested positive for COVID-19,” MOH added.

MOH said in its preliminary daily update that the vast majority of the new cases are work permit holders from dormitories.

Retail outlets across Singapore welcomed shoppers yesterday as Phase 2 of the post-“circuit breaker” reopening began. Food and beverage outlets also resumed dine-in services with patrons allowed to eat in groups of up to five people.

Shops predominantly selling beverages, including bubble tea outlets, were also back in business.

The entrance gate of Changi Prison. PHOTO: SINGAPORE PRISON SERVICE