The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 216 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of 12 pm on June 5. The lower number of infections is partly due to fewer swabs being conducted.
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 6 are Singaporeans/Permanent Residents and 5 are Work Pass holders.
Of the 11 cases in the community, eight are asymptomatic, but were swabbed as part of proactive surveillance or to verify their status during quarantine.
Amongst the six Singaporeans/Permanent Residents, 5 are linked to previously confirmed cases, and had already been placed on quarantine. One is a Permanent Resident who stays at Cassia @ Penjuru dormitory, and was proactively tested as part of efforts to clear the dormitories.
Among the five Work Permit holders, four had been picked up as a result of our proactive screening. Of these, three were tested before they are due to start work in essential services, and one was tested as part of efforts to screen of migrant workers residing at shophouses located at Balestier Road, due to their proximity to another cluster in the same area.
Epidemiological investigations are ongoing for the remaining case.
The national tally of COVID-19 cases now stands at 37,183.