23 COVID-19 Cases Today (31 May); 16 Are Community Cases

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Amidst all the excitement about Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong’s speech that is set to happen in about eight minutes (at the time of writing), some of us might have forgotten about our COVID-19 tally as we turn on the TV in hopes of catching a glimpse of the legendary magic cup.

Well, no matter what PM Lee announces at 4:00pm, let us still remain vigilant.

As of 12pm today (31 May), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 23 new cases of COVID-19 infection.

16 are community cases, of which three are unlinked. The remaining seven cases are imported.

This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 62,051.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 182 cases in the week before to 136 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 39 cases in the week before to 25 cases in the past week.

A Food Court Has Become A Cluster After 30 May’s COVID-19 Cases

A new cluster at an NTUC Foodfare outlet at 308 Anchorvale Road was identified yesterday (30 May). Out of the 19 community cases recorded, five have been linked to this cluster, namely:

  • A 47-year-old male Malaysia national who works as a kitchen assistant at Hua Zai HK Style Roasted Delights (21 Hougang Street 51)
  • A 21-year-old male Vietnam national who works as a kitchen assistant at Hua Zai HK Style Roasted Delight Rice Noodle (308 Anchorvale Road)
  • A 22-year-old male Malaysia national who works as a kitchen assistant at Hua Zai HK Style Roasted Delights (21 Hougang Street 51)
  • A 27-year-old male Malaysia national who works as a kitchen assistant at Hua Zai HK Style Roasted Delight Rice Noodle (308 Anchorvale Road)
  • A 29-year-old male Singapore Permanent Resident who works as a chef at Rice Garden (308 Anchorvale Road)

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said its investigations showed there was ongoing transmission at the Foodfare outlet, and closed it to all members of the public for 14 days until 13 June to enable deep cleaning of the premises and to break the chain of transmission.

There will also be free COVID-19 tests for those who visited the store from 13 May to 30 May.

The remaining cases comprise:

  • Five new community infections which are currently unlinked
  • One new community infection linked to the Chevy’s Bar and Bistro cluster
  • One new community infection linked to the McDonald’s delivery riders cluster
  • One new community infection linked to the Jem/Westgate cluster
  • Three new community infections linked to the Case 63757 cluster
  • Two new community infections linked to the Case 63446 cluster, including a seven-month-old Singaporean female
  • One new community infection linked to the Case 63806 cluster
  • Six imported cases

Sadly, there was also one new COVID-19 death reported yesterday (30 May). A 95-year-old woman has died from complications due to COVID-19 infection on Sunday, MOH said.

She was confirmed to be COVID-19–positive on 17 May and was warded at Changi General Hospital (CGH) for an unrelated medical condition.

The woman was linked to the Changi Airport Terminal 3 cluster, which now has 108 cases.

She had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and had a history of cancer, hypertension, and hypothyroidism.

This is the third COVID-19 death reported in May and the country’s 33rd COVID-19 fatality.

561 Active Cases

There are currently 222 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and 3 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.


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339 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.

33 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

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