New Covid-19 cluster at Bukit Merah View Market and Food Centre; visitors from May 25 to June 12 to get free swab tests

SINGAPORE – All visitors who went to the 115 Bukit Merah View Market and Food Centre between May 25 and June 12 will be offered free Covid-19 tests, after four more cases were linked to form a new cluster there.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (June 13) said all staff and tenants who had been working at the market from May 25 have been quarantined, and will be swabbed during quarantine.

In addition, all staff and tenants who had been working in 116 Bukit Merah View from May 25 will be tested for Covid-19 as well “to disrupt any wider, undetected community transmission”, said MOH.

The 115 Bukit Merah View Market and Food Centre cluster now has six cases, after four cases were linked to it on Sunday.

MOH said: “Our epidemiological investigations have found that there is likely ongoing transmission among individuals who work at the location.”

The ministry urged all visitors to 115 and 116 Bukit Merah View between May 25 and June 12 to monitor their health closely, and minimise social interactions as far as possible, for 14 days from their date of visit.

All 182 stalls in the market and hawker centre have been closed from Sunday till Tuesday for cleaning, after Covid-19 cases were detected there.

There were a total of 10 Covid-19 cases in the community reported on Sunday.

Two are currently unlinked, while the remaining eight Covid-19 cases in the community are linked to earlier cases.

Five of the linked cases had been quarantined earlier, while the remaining three were detected through surveillance.

There were also three imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notice on arrival in Singapore. Two of these cases are Singaporeans or permanent residents.

No new cases from within workers’ dormitories were reported.

Singapore’s total number of Covid-19 cases is now at 62,276.

Read the full MOH press release here.

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