Appetite for karaoke girls fuels Singapore’s biggest COVID surge since September

Singaporean authorities have asked karaoke parlor patrons to get tested for COVID after the city-state’s highest one-day case load since September was traced to venues such as Supreme KTV. Images: Supreme KTV, New K2 KTV/Facebook
Singaporean authorities have asked karaoke parlor patrons to get tested for COVID after the city-state’s highest one-day case load since September was traced to venues such as Supreme KTV. Images: Supreme KTV, New K2 KTV/Facebook

Have you spent time with any of these girls? If so, best go get checked for COVID.

That was the message attached to photos of skin-bleached and coiffed karaoke hostesses that’s been circulating online.

Singapore today recorded the highest daily infections in close to a year, and yep, the island’s appetite for karaoke companions appears to blame. 

Today’s 60 infections – the most in a day since September – are mostly linked to karaoke bars, where 41 cases erupted from at least three different KTV clubs: Club Dolce in Balestier Point, WU Bistro in Golden Mile Complex and Club De Zara at Textile Centre. They brought the total number of cases linked to KTVs since yesterday to 53.

Screenshot from a messaging app calling on patrons of several women to get tested for COVID-19. Image: Devilsire/Hardware Zone
Screenshot from a messaging app calling on patrons of several women to get tested for COVID-19. Image: Devilsire/Hardware Zone

Singing is secondary at many of Singapore’s karaoke parlors, where hostesses provide sex services on-site or on-call. Despite a ban on dance halls and night clubs, karaoke joints who are currently operating as food and beverage outlets are allowed to resume operations. 

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung today urged anyone who has visited any KTV lounges or interacted with hostesses since June 29 to get tested for COVID-19, adding that the testing process would be “confidential.” So there’s that.

That includes anyone who’s frequented the clubs at Supreme KTV in Far East Shopping Centre and Empress KTV in Tanglin Shopping Centre or interacted with Vietnamese hostesses in general at any venue.

Singapore has recorded a total of 62,804 infections and 36 deaths since the outbreak.

Other stories you should check out:

Vaccine-crashing Singapore cat turns out to be neighborhood star
Selfless driver in Bukit Batok bus collision home from hospital
COVID forces cruise ship back to Singapore
Jimmy Fallon disses track by Singapore rapper Yung Raja but that didn’t matter
Wet, wet and more wet as Singapore soaks up wintry cool

Subscribe to The Coconuts Podcast for top trending news and pop culture from Southeast Asia and Hong Kong every Friday!



Reader Interactions

Leave A Reply


BECOME A COCO+ MEMBER

Support local news and join a community of like-minded
“Coconauts” across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong.

Join Now
Coconuts TV
Our latest and greatest original videos
Subscribe on

What’s a hardware wallet and why do you need a secure one?

PRESENTED BY

MOST POPULAR