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1 new locally transmitted COVID-19 case in Singapore; 9 imported infections

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported one new locally transmitted COVID-19 infection as of noon on Friday (Jul 9).  

The case is currently unlinked, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) without providing additional details. 

There were also nine imported cases who were all placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival. Six of them were detected upon arrival in Singapore, while three developed the illness during their stay-home notice or isolation.

In total, Singapore reported 10 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

MOH said the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 46 cases in the week before to 21 cases in the past week.  

The number of unlinked community cases, however, has increased from six cases in the week before to nine cases in the past week. 

There currently 22 active clusters, ranging between three and 94 infections. 

MOH said 85 cases are still in hospital. Most of them are well and under observation. 

There are eight cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and two in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

"There is continuing evidence that vaccination helps to prevent serious disease when one gets infected," said MOH.

"Over the last 28 days, 23 local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to ICU or passed away. Twenty are unvaccinated, three are partially vaccinated and none was fully vaccinated."


The National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Thursday that it is expanding its wastewater surveillance programme to cover more than 400 sites by next year. 

Wastewater testing is a "non-intrusive" way to detect COVID-19 transmission in a community and supports the monitoring and management of the coronavirus, NEA said.

READ: NEA to double COVID-19 wastewater testing sites to at least 400 by next year

Since February last year, more than 200 sites have been placed under surveillance, including workers' dormitories, student hostels, welfare and nursing homes, as well as residential sites.

This form of testing was first deployed in Tampines last year, leading to the detection of COVID-19 cases in a residential block there. 

More recently, COVID-19 viral fragments were found in wastewater from several neighbourhoods, including in Bukit Merah View, Hougang and Yishun, prompting the authorities to conduct swab tests on residents and visitors there.

As of Friday, Singapore has reported a total of 62,678 COVID-19 cases.

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