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.
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.
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