22 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore, lowest daily figure in nearly 6 months

22 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore, lowest daily figure in nearly 6 months

Pedestrians wearing protective face masks while crossing a road at Orchard Road (2)
File photo of pedestrians wearing protective face masks while crossing a road in Orchard Rd, Singapore on 4 Sep, 2020. (Photo: Marcus Mark Ramos)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 22 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Monday (Sep 7), the lowest daily figure in nearly six months. The previous low was 17 new cases on Mar 16.

The latest cases take the national total to 57,044.

All the new cases are asymptomatic and were detected as a result of screening and surveillance, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The sole community infection is a 35-year-old work pass holder from Bangladesh.

The man, known as Case 57170, was detected as a result of rostered routine testing of workers in the construction, marine and process sectors who are living outside the dormitories. His case is currently unlinked. 

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

There are also three imported cases, who had all been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore.

One imported case is a 47-year-old man, a Singapore permanent resident who returned to Singapore from India on Aug 26. Another case is a 47-year-old woman, a work permit holder currently employed in Singapore who arrived from the Philippines on Aug 26. 

The remaining case is a 32-year-old woman holding a dependant's pass. She arrived from India on Aug 26. 

The health ministry said the overall number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of three cases per day in the week before, to an average of two per day in the past week.

Meanwhile, the number of unlinked cases in the community has increased, from an average of one case per day in the week before, to an average of two per day in the past week. 



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Among the 18 cases residing in dormitories, MOH said nine had been identified earlier as contacts of previous cases and had already been quarantined to prevent further transmission. 

The remaining nine cases were detected through surveillance testing, such as through bi-weekly rostered routine testing of workers living in dormitories. 

"This allows us to pick up cases early, including asymptomatic ones, so that we are able to ring-fence them quickly to prevent further transmission, by aggressively containing, tracing and isolating the close contacts," said the ministry.

Apart from the the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, MOH said it has also conducted serological tests to determine if some of these cases are current or past infections.

The serological test results for six cases have come back positive so far, which indicate likely past infections.

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MOH said 86 per cent of the new cases are imported or linked to known cases or clusters, while the rest are pending contact tracing. Further details can be found in the ministry’s daily situation report

Several new locations were added to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period.

The places include popular shopping malls such as VivoCity, Lucky Plaza, Mustafa Centre and AMK Hub. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Building and Gardens By The Bay were also on the list. ​​​​​​​

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DORMITORY CLUSTERS CONTINUE TO GROW

More COVID-19 cases have been linked to dormitory clusters. MOH said three new positive coronavirus infections are linked to the cluster at Kian Teck Dormitory, which has a total of 1,181 confirmed cases.

Three additional cases are linked to the Sungei Tengah Lodge cluster, bringing the total to 202 cases.

The cluster at Tuas View Dormitory reported a new total of 10 confirmed cases after an additional two infections were linked.

Two additional cases are also linked to the cluster at Westlite Toh Guan, which has a total of 24 confirmed cases. 

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75 PATIENTS DISCHARGED

A further 75 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 56,408 have fully recovered from the infection, said MOH. 

There are 51 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving. None of the cases are in the intensive care unit.  

A total of 558 patients are being 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. 

To date, 27 people have died from complications due to COVID-19.

13,000 WORKERS MISS COVID-19 TESTING DEADLINE

The authorities said in a separate update on Monday night that 13,000 workers are currently unable to resume work as they have yet to undergo mandatory COVID-19 rostered routine testing. 

The AccessCode Status for these 13,000 workers will remain “red” and they cannot return to work, in order to protect the health and safety of the other workers. Their status will be restored to "green" once they have undergone the rostered routine testing. 

As part of the safeguards to ensure the safe restart of work, workers staying in dormitories, workers in the construction, marine and process sectors, and personnel who go into the work sites are required to undergo rostered routine testing for COVID-19 every 14 days.

MORE COVID-19 CLUSTERS AT DORMS

On Sunday, new COVID-19 clusters were identified at three migrant worker dormitories that were previously cleared of the coronavirus, with a community case being linked to one of the clusters.

The three new clusters were: Cassia @ Penjuru at 15 Penjuru Walk, CDPL Tuas Dormitory at 6 Tuas South Street 15, and Kranji Lodge I at 12 Kranji Road.

The community case, a 34-year-old Indian national, was linked to the new CDPL Tuas Dormitory cluster. 

He was detected as part of MOH's rostered routine testing of workers in the construction, marine and process sectors who are living outside the dormitories.

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