The Ministry of Health has reported 257 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of 12 pm on June 18, taking the national tally of infections to 41,473.
The vast majority of the new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories. There are also four cases in the community, of whom one is a Singapore Permanent Resident and three are Work Pass holders, said MOH.
The Permanent Resident case was detected due to proactive screening of workers in essential services, although he is asymptomatic.
All 3 Work Permit holders had been identified as contacts of previously confirmed cases, and had already been quarantined at government quarantine facilities. They were swabbed during quarantine to verify their status, even though two of them are asymptomatic.
Meanwhile, 774 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.
Singapore is set to enter into Phase 2 of its reopening on Friday, June 19.