SINGAPORE: The number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore has crossed the 55,000 mark, with 175 new infections reported as of noon on Sunday (Aug 9).
This includes one case in the community and three imported cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 55,104.
The sole community case was a 57-year-old Singaporean woman who was unlinked to other cases, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
She was tested after she sought medical treatment for prolonged acute respiratory infection symptoms.
"Epidemiological investigations of the case are in progress. In the meantime, all the identified close contacts have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that we can detect asymptomatic cases," the health ministry added.
The number of daily new cases in the community has remained stable at an average of two cases in the past two weeks, said MOH.
Unlinked cases in the community have also remained stable at an average of one case per day in the past two weeks.
"We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme," added MOH.
No new places were added to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period.
Among the three imported cases, one was a 22-year-old Singaporean man who returned to Singapore from India on Jul 25.
The other two imported cases were work pass holders who are Indian nationals currently employed in Singapore. They arrived in Singapore from India on Jul 26.
All three cases were placed on 14-day stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore, and tested positive on Saturday while serving their notices at dedicated facilities.
MIGRANT WORKER DORMS
The other 171 cases reported on Sunday were work permit holders living in dormitories.
"The inter-agency task force has completed the testing of all workers in the dormitories on Aug 7, and some of the test results are still being processed," said MOH.
About 23,500 workers are still serving out their isolation period at quarantine facilities. As these workers will be tested when their isolation ends, the health ministry said it expects case counts to remain high in the coming days before tapering down thereafter.
Another 332 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals or released from community isolation facilities.
In all, 48,915 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.
A total of 135 patients are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit.
MOH reported that 6,027 were isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are people who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.
Twenty-seven people have died from complications due to COVID-19.
MOH reported on Saturday that the biggest COVID-19 cluster in Singapore, the S11 dormitory @ Punggol, has closed.
The S11 dormitory recorded its first case more than four months ago and the last time a new case was linked to the cluster was on Saturday - with two additional cases linked. It took the total case count there to 2,846 – the largest COVID-19 cluster in Singapore.
Eleven other dormitory clusters were also closed on Saturday.