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7-year-old Malaysian linked to new Covid cluster in Singapore

The child and another family member were household contacts of the cluster's first case, a 64-year-old female Singapore permanent resident.

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A seven-year-old Malaysian is one of two new cases of Covid-19 linked to a new cluster in Singapore, according to the republic’s health ministry.

The student at Yuhua Primary School last attended school on May 14, the ministry said in its full data released late last night.

Another family member of the student, a 36-year-old Malaysian cook at Spring Court Restaurant, is also linked to the same cluster. Both test results came back positive for Covid-19 on May 17.

The first case of the cluster involved a 64-year-old female Singapore permanent resident who is currently unemployed. The two Malaysians were the household contacts of the woman who was confirmed to have Covid-19 on May 15.

Meanwhile, two other Malaysians are linked to the Changi Airport Terminal 3 cluster which currently has 87 confirmed cases.

One of them is a 36-year-old Malaysian woman who tested preliminarily positive for the B.1.617 variant and is pending further confirmatory tests.

Singapore reported 11 unlinked cases yesterday which included another two Malaysians.

The republic, which has tightened safe management measures in the community from May 16, has a total Covid-19 infection tally of 61,651 so far.

There are currently 220 confirmed cases still in hospital. Most are stable or improving, and five are in critical condition in the ICU.

The island republic has 19 open clusters so far.

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