SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 44 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Monday (Jan 25), and all were imported infections, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Forty of these cases were asymptomatic and include a returning Singaporean who tested negative during stay-home notice, but had a positive COVID-19 result in a pre-departure test.
All cases had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival, the ministry said.
No locally transmitted cases were reported in the community or in foreign worker dormitories.
Among the imported cases, four are Singaporeans and two are permanent residents who returned from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Seven are dependant’s pass holders who arrived from India, Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
One is a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from the US.
Three cases are student’s pass holders who arrived from France, Indonesia and Kazakhstan.
There were also six work pass holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Japan, Poland and Spain.
Seventeen are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, of whom three are foreign domestic workers.
The remaining four are short-term visit pass holders who arrived from India to visit relatives who are Singaporeans or permanent residents.
POSITIVE CASE DURING PRE-DEPARTURE TEST
One of the returning Singaporeans, Case 59629, is a 19-year-old who returned from the UK on Dec 6 and served her stay-home notice at a dedicated facility until Dec 20.
A swab test was done on Dec 16 for which she had tested negative for COVID-19, MOH said.
On Jan 23, she tested positive for COVID-19 when she took a pre-departure test in preparation for her return to the UK.
"Her Ct value was very high, which is indicative of a low viral load, and her serology test result had also come back positive," the ministry said.
"Given that these indicate likely past infection, we have classified the case as imported based on her travel history."
Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 10 cases in the week before to 13 cases in the past week, MOH said.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has decreased from four cases in the week before to three cases in the past week.
Of the 225 confirmed cases reported from Jan 19 to Jan 25, 123 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 34 have tested negative, and 68 serology test results are pending, the ministry added.
25 CASES DISCHARGED
Twenty-five more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 59,066 have fully recovered from the infection, MOH said.
There are currently 59 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and no one is in the intensive care unit.
The number of cases isolated and cared for at community facilities is 198. These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.
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Tighter safe management measures will be implemented from Tuesday given the recent rise in community COVID-19 cases and the possible risk of transmission during the upcoming Chinese New Year period.
From Tuesday, households will only be able to receive a maximum of eight visitors per day, authorities announced at a COVID-19 multi-ministry task force press conference last week.
People should also limit themselves to visiting no more than two households per day as much as possible.
Currently, up to eight visitors are allowed in each household at any one time, with no limit on the number of homes they can visit.
Singapore "must psychologically prepare ourselves to celebrate CNY (Chinese New Year) differently this year", said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday.
"Just look at the countries near and far experiencing repeated surges in cases, and you will see why we need to stay vigilant," he wrote in a Facebook post.
As of Monday, Singapore has reported 59,352 COVID-19 cases and 29 fatalities from the disease.