As of Saturday (19 Jun), the 115 Bukit Merah View market has become Singapore’s largest active cluster, comprising 70 Covid-19 cases.
Recent developments continue to show a cause for concern, as the Ministry of Health (MOH) has picked up 21 cases linked to a nearby block — 119 Bukit Merah View.
As a result, residents living in 9 HDB blocks in the area have to go for mandatory testing.
Authorities are currently investigating the source of transmission.
According to MOH, they detected 21 Covid-19 infections in 9 different households at 119 Bukit Merah View.
Viral fragments were also found in wastewater samples collected from the surrounding blocks.
To swiftly ringfence possible undetected community transmission, MOH is carrying out a mandatory testing operation for Bukit Merah View residents living at these blocks:
When there is an infection, MOH will swiftly quarantine the case and their close contacts.
Additionally, MOH will also carry out voluntary Covid-19 testing for visitors who interacted with residents of the aforementioned blocks between 5-19 Jun.
This group of people are encouraged to come forward for testing.
However, testing is optional for those who tested negative from 15 Jun onwards.
Testing operations will be carried out at designated estate pavilions from 20-21 Jun. Here is the schedule:
Those going for the testing should bring along their NRIC for verification purposes.
For more details, you can check out MOH’s media release here.
It’s rather concerning that more community cases are sprouting up in the blocks surrounding Singapore’s largest active cluster.
If you were in the area in the last 2 weeks, you should monitor your health closely and see a doctor if you feel unwell.
In the meantime, do monitor your health closely and minimise social interactions as much as possible.
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