Woodlands Regional Library, West Mall among locations visited by COVID-19 cases while infectious

23 locations were added to the Ministry of Health’s list on Sunday.

Sarah Chan

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Published: 24 May 2021, 12:16 PM

Twenty-three locations, including Woodlands Regional Library and West Mall, were added to the list of places visited by COVID-19 cases while they were infectious by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (May 23).

Other locations include several retail and food outlets across various shopping malls. The malls include JEM, Westgate, KINEX, FairPrice Hub, Causeway Point, Sim Lim Square and ION Orchard.

The new additions to the list also include a hair salon at Bukit Batok, regional libraries at Woodlands and Jurong East, a McDonald’s outlet at SAFRA Yishun as well as several supermarkets.

The details for the locations are:

  1. Westgate on May 9 to May 21, 8am to 10pm
  2. Mr. D.I.Y at KINEX on May 9, 1.10pm to 1.45pm
  3. NTUC FairPrice at 712 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 on May 9, 6.10pm to 6.45pm
  4. JEM on May 13, 1.25pm to 1.55pm
  5. Harvey Norman at Westgate on May 13, 3.20pm to 4pm
  6. IKEA Jurong at JEM on May 13, 4.20pm to 8pm
  7. H&M at JEM on May 13, 4.20pm to 8pm
  8. Cotton On Kids at JEM on May 13, 4.20pm to 8pm
  9. Pizzakaya at JEM on May 13, 4.20pm to 8pm
  10. Decathlon Joo Koon at FairPrice Hub on May 14, 11.15am to 12pm
  11. Din Tai Fung at JEM on May 14, 12.35pm to 2.10pm
  12. UNIQLO at JEM on May 14, 12.35pm to 2.10pm
  13. EC House All Range Cuts at West Mall on May 14, 4pm to 4.35pm
  14. Woodlands Regional Library at Woodlands Civic Centre on May 15, 11.55am to 1pm, 3.40pm to 9.00pm
  15. Shabu Sai at Causeway Point on May 15, 1.10pm to 3.20pm
  16. ION Orchard on May 15, 5.40pm to 6.10pm
  17. McDonald’s at SAFRA Yishun on May 15, 10.10pm to 11pm
  18. Snip Avenue at 156 Bukit Batok Street 11 on May 16, 11.15am to 12.15pm
  19. NTUC FairPrice at Boon Lay Shopping Centre on May 16, 11.35am to 12.10pm
  20. Sim Lim Square on May 16, 1.05pm to 1.55pm
  21. Jurong Regional Library at 21 Jurong East Central 1 on May 17, 12.45pm to 1.50pm
  22. West Mall on May 17, 7.40pm to 8.15pm
  23. Prime Supermarket at 373 Bukit Batok Street 31 on May 20, 11.50am to 12.25pm

The list of places exclude residences, workplaces, healthcare facilities and public transport.

Those identified as close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases would have been notified by MOH.

The list is updated by MOH on a rolling 14-day basis, or one incubation period, and as epidemiological investigations progress.

Individuals who were at those locations during the specified timings should monitor their health closely for 14 days from the date of their visit. They should see a doctor if they develop symptoms of acute respiratory infection (such as cough, sore throat and runny nose), as well as fever and loss of taste or smell, and inform the doctor of their exposure history.

There is no need to avoid places where confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been as the National Environment Agency will engage the management of the affected premises to provide guidance on cleaning and disinfection.

There were 22 new community cases reported on Sunday (May 23) including one dormitory infection. Of the 21 community cases, 19 are linked to previous cases while two are currently unlinked.

The unlinked cases include a 46-year-old Malaysian man who works as a construction worker at H&W communications and resides at Harvest @ Woodlands. The other unlinked case is a 74-year-old Singaporean woman who tested positive at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital on May 22.

A 78-year-old woman who had tested positive was linked to the Tan Tock Seng Hospital cluster. Her family member was previously warded at Ward 9D.

Two delivery riders at McDonald’s Pasir Ris Elias Community Club outlet had also tested positive. They were workplace contacts of two other drivers.

Four cases were also identified from preemptive testing for visitors and staff at Westgate and JEM. Two of the cases have preliminarily tested positive for the B1617 variant and are awaiting further confirmatory testing. The malls have since formed a new cluster.

A 60-year-old Singaporean woman was detected from precautionary testing on residents living in Block 506 Hougang Avenue 8. 11 COVID-19 cases from at least four different households have since been identified, two of which were detected from the testing exercise.

The Changi Airport cluster reported three new cases including a seven-year-old Singaporean boy who is a close contact of two cases. The cluster is now Singapore’s largest active cluster at 108 cases.

Of the 242 confirmed cases currently in hospital, three are in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit while most are stable or improving. 256 people are currently isolated at community facilities.

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