A total of 41 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore are linked to the KTV lounge cluster, a situation that Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said is “very troubling and disappointing”.
The 41 cases are among 56 new locally transmitted infections announced on Wednesday (Jul 14).
There are now 53 cases linked to the KTV lounge cluster, including a passenger of a Dream Cruises ship who tested positive on board.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Mr Ong said: “We knew about cases like that happening in Korea, in Hong Kong nightlife, people coming very close together, some with hostesses, and leading to big clusters. So we have never allowed such activities for the past more than one year.
“And so any outlets providing hostess services, dice games and all this very close contact, were never allowed, knowing and learning from the experiences of places like Hong Kong and Korea. So for this to now happen has been troubling (and) disappointing.”
The police will take action against lounges and hostesses who may have breached safe management measures, he added.