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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 96 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections as of noon on Thursday (Aug 5), including 38 with no links to previous cases.

Thirty-eight infections were linked to previous cases and had been placed on quarantine. Another 20 linked infections were detected through surveillance testing.

Among the new cases, two were people above the age of 70 who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and at risk of serious illness, said MOH.

There were also two imported cases, who were placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival. One infection was detected upon arrival while one developed the illness during the stay-home notice or isolation period.

In total, Singapore reported 98 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. 

MOH will release further updates on Thursday night on the COVID-19 situation in Singapore.

VISITS TO ALL HOSPITAL WARDS TO CEASE FOR 2 WEEKS

Visits to all hospital wards will cease for two weeks from Thursday as an interim measure to reduce potential COVID-19 transmission in hospitals, MOH reported earlier this week. 

This comes after more COVID-19 community cases were detected recently, which include staff members and patients of hospitals, said the ministry on Wednesday. 

On Tuesday, MOH reported that Changi General Hospital was among one of eight new clusters in Singapore.

The interim measure banning visitors will not apply to certain groups of patients, such as those who are very ill, paediatric patients, birthing or post-partum mothers, as well as those requiring additional care support from caregivers. 

As of Thursday, Singapore has reported a total of 65,508 COVID-19 cases. 

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