The last few months haven’t been kind, and today’s the start of the month that we might be able to finally hear some goody numbers, because from 7 August 2020, all dormitories would be cleared and we won’t be seeing triple-digit numbers daily (hopefully).
But of course, today, we’re still seeing triple-digit daily cases.
Today, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 307 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 52,512.
Out of today’s cases, only 1 is a community case, and it’s a Singaporean.
There are also 5 imported cases, and all of them were placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore.
A majority of the cases are residents living in dormitories.
On average, based on yesterday’s numbers, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 8 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 3 per day in the past week
The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of 4 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 1 per day in the past week.
Also, yesterday, more details about the Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub (BPITH) cluster were revealed.
Out of the 4 New Cases in Bukit Panjang ITH, 2 Are Bus Captains Driving 972
Yesterday (31 Jul 2020), SMRT revealed that the four new cases detected are two bus drivers driving bus service 972 and two interchange staff.
All of them are likely to have past infections and are no longer in their infectious phase according to their test results.
However, they are still in isolation, awaiting instructions from the Ministry of Health (MOH).
SMRT also assures that the vehicles and premises that the 4 new cases had interacted with have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
In addition, other staff members who were in close contact with the four have been placed on leave of absence.
If you’re a frequent commuter on bus service 972, don’t panic because that’s considered a form of “transient contact”.
And transient contact, by nature, has a low risk of transmission for Covid-19 according to the authorities.