Singapore reports 359 new COVID-19 cases, including 2 imported infections

Singapore reports 359 new COVID-19 cases, including 2 imported infections

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People wearing face masks at Queen Street on Jul 19, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 359 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tuesday (Jul 28), including two imported cases and one in the community. 

This brings the total number of cases in the country to 51,197. 

The community case is a work pass holder, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). He had been identified as a contact of a previously confirmed case, and had been placed on quarantine earlier. He was tested during quarantine to determine his status, even though he was asymptomatic.

Both imported cases arrived in Singapore from India on Jul 12 and Jul 13 and were placed on stay-home notices upon their arrival​​​​​​, said MOH.

They had been tested during this period of time. One is a work pass holder and the other - an 8-year-old girl - is a dependent's pass holder. 

"Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 10 cases per day in the week before, to an average of four per day in the past week.

"The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of five cases per day in the week before, to an average of two per day in the past week," said MOH.

The remaining 356 cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories.



201 COVID-19 CASES DISCHARGED

A total of 201 more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, said MOH in the release. In all, 45,893 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

"There are currently 185 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit," said the ministry. 

A further 5,092 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19. 

Twenty-seven have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

There are no new locations added to the list of places visited by COVID-19 cases while infectious. 

UPDATED MAP: All the places that COVID-19 community cases visited while they were infectious

While the COVID-19 situation in Singapore has stabilised, the crisis is far from over, said President Halimah Yacob at the swearing-in ceremony of new office holders at the Istana on Monday. 

The pandemic, which has killed more than 640,000 people worldwide, is the "crisis of a generation" and could set Singapore back for many years, Madam Halimah said.

“Our progress in the last five years, and over many years before that, has given us a strong base to work from. Even so, we have had to muster all our strength and our resources, to mount an emergency response to this overwhelming challenge,” she said. 

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Source: CNA/lk

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