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Second case of Covid-19 detected at Church of the Holy Cross in Clementi, Singapore

SINGAPORE – Another person who attended Mass at the Church of the Holy Cross in Clementi tested positive for Covid-19, which prompted the Catholic Church to suspend all masses and in-person activities.

She had been in home quarantine since July 28 when she tested positive Thursday July 29. The woman was transferred to hospital the next day.

The first case at the church tested positive on July 26, with authorities saying it is likely linked to a market she visited earlier.

In a Facebook post, Father Henry Siew said the church will be closed for two weeks from July 31 to 1 p.m. on August 14.

Father Siew, who is a priest at the church, added that the two cases were sitting in the same area during the 7:30 am mass on July 25.

Faithful who were in the same area have already been contacted.

All worshipers who have been exposed to the confirmed cases will also be contacted by the health ministry and quarantined from July 28, Father Siew said.

“We are working with the relevant authorities to identify all those who have been exposed to (people) infected and to provide the necessary assistance,” said Father Siew.

A thorough cleaning of the church has since been undertaken, and reservations for all Masses during this time will be canceled and affected worshipers notified via email.

The Church of the Holy Cross in Clementi was one of four Catholic churches visited by people who tested positive for Covid-19, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore said on its website on Thursday.

The other churches are: the Church of the Holy Spirit, the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Church of St. Anne. The visits took place between July 18 and 25.

The Archdiocese said: “In all cases, those involved were asymptomatic. All affected churches are working with relevant government agencies to identify those who have been exposed and to activate necessary precautionary measures.