New COVID-19 cluster forms at Bugis Junction

Twenty cases are linked to Bugis Junction, which was one of three new COVID-19 clusters identified on Aug 24.

Khalisa Zulkiflee

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Published: 25 August 2021, 11:42 AM

Bugis Junction was named as one of the three new COVID-19 clusters on Wednesday (Aug 25) by the Ministry of Health (MOH). It has 20 cases so far. 

Staff of affected shops in Bugis Junction will be tested and close contacts of confirmed cases will be quarantined. 

Free COVID-19 testing will be offered to members of the public who visited the retail shops or used the services and facilities at Bugis Junction between Aug 17 and Aug 24. 

All visitors to Bugis Junction within that period of time are advised to monitor their health closely and minimise social interactions for two weeks.

One of the two remaining clusters linked to a previous case and the other is located at Selarang Halfway House which has eight cases in total. 

There are 70 active clusters in Singapore currently. MOH reported 111 local cases, of which 33 are unlinked. 

Twenty-four cases are linked to the North Coast Lodge cluster, bringing the total number of cases linked to the cluster to 86. More than 5,300 residents have been swabbed in the last three days. 

Of the remaining cases, 24 were linked to previous cases and have already been placed on quarantine while 30 of them were detected through surveillance. 

There are five imported cases who have been placed on either Stay-Home Notice or in isolation upon arrival in Singapore. 

As of Aug 23, 78 per cent of Singapore’s population have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

UPDATE (Aug 26): 38 cases have been added to the Bugis Junction cluster. BHG Bugis is also closed till Aug 30. Find out more here.

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