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NTUC Foodfare at Anchorvale identified as COVID-19 cluster, free testing for visitors from May 13 to May 30

The outlet will be closed from May 30 to June 13 to break any potential chain of transmission.

Xynthea Ong

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Published: 31 May 2021, 1:10 PM

A new cluster at NTUC Foodfare outlet at 308 Anchorvale Road was identified by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (May 30) after seven COVID-19 cases reported were linked to it.

The site was among the six new locations visited by COVID-19 cases reported on Sunday. NTUC Foodfare at Anchorvale was visited four times between May 25 and May 29. 

A 33-year-old male Malaysian who works as a kitchen assistant at Hua Zai Eating House and a 23-year-old Malaysian cook at West Grill Station (Anchorvale) had tested positive on Saturday (May 29). 

Five new cases, including four kitchen assistants from Hua Zai HK Style Roasted Delight Rice Noodle at the Anchorvale coffee shop and Hua Zai HK Style Roasted Delights at Hougang Green Shopping Mall, were also reported on Sunday.

Following the outbreak, the outlet will be closed to the public from 30 May to June 13 to break any potential chain of transmission. The outlet will also undergo deep cleaning and its staff will also undergo COVID-19 testing during the closure. 

Members of the public who had visited the outlet between May 13 and May 30 are encouraged to take a COVID-19 swab test. Individuals who were identified as close contacts of confirmed cases have already been notified by MOH. 

MOH said the free swab test aims to “pre-emptively mitigate any potential risk of wider, undetected community transmission”. 

Those who wish to take the swab test may call or book an appointment at Fullerton Health Testing Centre at Szechuan Court, Raffles Shopping Centre. 

In addition, they can choose to walk in to Raffles Hospital at 585 North Bridge Road or Raffles Medical at Shaw Centre Orchard. 

They can also book an appointment at the designated regional screening centres: 

  1. Former Da Qiao Primary School, 8 Ang Mo Kio Street 54
  2. Former Coral Primary School, 20 Pasir Ris Street 51
  3. Former Bedok North Secondary School, 20 Jln Damai

Appointments can also be booked in advance at any of the Swab and Send Home Public Health Preparedness Clinics (SASH PHPCs) islandwide. 

They are required to bring along their photo identification and declare the date that they last visited NTUC Foodfare at Anchorvale.

Visitors may be redirected to another testing venue in the event that regional screening centres are crowded. 

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