The Ministry of Health has reported 169 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of 12 pm on July 3. This takes the nation’s tally of infections to 44,479.
The vast majority of the new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories.
There are also 11 cases in the community, of whom three are Singaporeans/ Permanent Residents and eight are Work Pass holders.
Nine of them are linked to previous cases or clusters. Six had been identified as contacts of previously confirmed cases, and had already been quarantined earlier. They were tested during quarantine to verify their status. The remaining three cases are asymptomatic, and were detected as part of our proactive screening of individuals working at dormitories or in essential services.
Two of the community cases are currently unlinked.
Additionally, there are three imported cases, all of whom had returned to Singapore from India on June 21. They had been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore, and were conveyed in dedicated transport to SHN facilities to commence their 14-day isolation. They are asymptomatic, and had been tested while serving their SHN.
The MOH also provided an update on the 58 households residing at Block 111 Tampines Street 11, who had been placed under active phone surveillance as a precautionary measure after 9 confirmed cases were detected from 2 households residing at the block. The MOH had also facilitated COVID-19 testing for them and their visitors.
“As these households and visitors are not close contacts of the confirmed cases, they are assessed to have a low risk of being infected. Of the 85 tests that have been completed so far, all the results have come back negative for COVID-19,” the MOH said.