On Sunday, Singapore reported an additional 10 new infections, five of whom are unlinked to previous cases.. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)(AP)
On Sunday, Singapore reported an additional 10 new infections, five of whom are unlinked to previous cases.. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)(AP)

Singapore tests thousands as unlinked Covid-19 cases persist

Singapore has seen 10 cases per week of unlinked cases in the community in the past two weeks
Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2021 02:26 PM IST

Singapore will test thousands of people for Covid-19 as the number of infections unlinked to current clusters continued to rise.

Three Changi Airport employees and a junior college student were among those who registered positive for the virus in recent days, the health ministry said late Saturday. The government will expand testing to all workers at two of the airport’s terminals and its Jewel shopping mall, and all students, staff and visitors at the junior college.

Singapore has seen 10 cases per week of unlinked cases in the community in the past two weeks, the government said Saturday. On Sunday, it reported an additional 10 new infections, five of whom are unlinked to previous cases.

The Ministry of Education said about 2,200 people associated with Victoria Junior College will undergo swab tests by Monday, while just over 100 people who are close contacts will be quarantined.

The health ministry didn’t provide the number of people who will be tested at Changi Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, and Jewel. There was no immediate reply to emails to the ministry outside of business hours seeking those figures.

The threat had been easing for Singapore until a few weeks ago when new clusters started to emerge including cases with the variant of Covid-19 first detected in India. Tighter social-distancing measures kicked in for the country on Saturday with officials saying they were necessary to prevent a harsher lockdown similar to one last year.

A rise in unlinked cases in Singapore could jeopardize a planned travel bubble with Hong Kong, scheduled to begin on May 26. According to the terms of the agreement, the air-travel corridor will be closed for two weeks if the seven-day moving average of the daily number of unlinked local cases is more than five in either city.


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