2 new Covid-19 clusters at Tampines Bus Interchange and Institute of Mental Health

SINGAPORE – Two new Covid-19 clusters emerged on Monday (Aug 30), one linked to staff at Tampines Bus Interchange and another linked to the Institute of Mental Health.

The cluster at Tampines Bus Interchange has a total of 11 cases, after four new cases were added on Monday, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily update.

This is the eighth cluster in a growing list tied to bus interchanges, including the Boon Lay Bus Interchange cluster announced on Sunday, which added 15 new infections to make a total of 31 cases.

MOH reported clusters at Jurong East Bus Interchange, Clementi Bus Interchange, as well as Punggol and Toa Payoh bus interchanges earlier this week. Covid-19 clusters at Bishan and Sengkang bus interchanges were reported earlier this month.

In all, 46 of the 147 new cases on Monday are linked to six of these bus interchange clusters.

The second new cluster announced on Monday was linked to the Institution of Mental Health, which grew to six cases after four infections were added.

Seven new cases were also linked to the Bugis Junction cluster, which has grown to 209 cases since it was announced last Tuesday.

In its update, MOH said there are now 68 active clusters, which have between them three and 1,155 infections each.

Singapore recorded 147 new locally transmitted coronavirus cases on Monday, the highest number of local infections since July 22.

Of these, 53 were linked to previous cases and already quarantined, MOH said.

Another 42 linked cases were not in quarantine when they tested positive.

The remaining 52 were unlinked cases.

There were also eight imported cases. Three of these cases were detected upon arrival in Singapore, while five of them developed the illness during stay-home notice or isolation.

In total, there are 155 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore on Monday, bringing the country’s total to 67,459.

A total of 441 patients are hospitalised. There are 19 patients who require oxygen supplementation and five are in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Of those who have fallen very ill, 15 are seniors aged above 60, nine of whom are completely unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

The number of new cases in the community has increased from 240 cases in the week before to 723 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases also rose from 91 to 173 cases over the same period.

In total, 80 per cent of Singapore residents have received two doses of the vaccines, and 83 per cent have received at least one dose.

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