Singapore to further test fishmongers after port Covid-19 outbreak


Customers at Ghim Moh Road Market and Food Centre rushing to buy fish on July 17, 2021. - The Straits Times/ANN

SINGAPORE, July 18 (Bloomberg): Singapore will continue to test fishmongers across the country for the Covid-19 virus amid concern that infections at a fishery port have spread to markets and food centres, while three new clusters have been identified.

The city-state has closed the Jurong Fishery Port for deep cleaning, and is investigating seven cases found there, the health ministry said on Saturday evening (July 18).

Authorities are testing fishmongers from all markets as a precaution, as the virus has already spread from the port to a market in Chinatown and another in central Singapore suburb, and as more cases were detected in other grocery outlets and food centers, it said in a statement.

Workers at the port earlier this month have been placed on quarantine.

A jump in cases linked to karaoke outlets has dealt a blow to the city-state’s efforts to reopen. Singapore reported 60 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases on Saturday, of which 29 were linked to the karaoke cluster. The authorities have temporarily closed hundreds of nightlife venues to curb the spread of the virus and quarantined more than 2,000 people.

here were also three new clusters were tied to individuals and a sea cargo service provider.

The number of new cases in the community has increased to 239 cases in the past week from 17 in the week before.

As of July 16, about 45% of the Singapore population has been fully vaccinated. - Bloomberg
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