Singapore's COVID-19 cases cross 60,000 mark with 9 new imported infections

Singapore's COVID-19 cases cross 60,000 mark with 9 new imported infections

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People in protective face masks at Changi Airport on Dec 8, 2020. (File photo: Calvin Oh)

SINGAPORE: The number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore has crossed the 60,000 mark, with nine new cases reported as of noon on Friday (Mar 5).

All nine new cases were imported and had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

They were all asymptomatic and detected from screening and surveillance, said the health ministry.

No new locally transmitted infections were reported in the community or in migrant worker dormitories.

Among the imported cases were three dependant's pass holders. Two of them, a 28-year-old woman from Bangladesh and a nine-year-old boy from South Africa, are contacts of other confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

The remaining dependant's pass holder is an eight-year-old boy who travelled from India. 

There are three work pass holders who arrived from India and the Philippines as well as a long-term visit pass holder from South Africa. 

Two cases are work permit holders from Indonesia and the Philippines, of whom one is a foreign domestic worker. 

READ: More than 350,000 Singapore residents have received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine: Gan Kim Yong


MOH said the overall number of new cases in the community has decreased from four cases in the week before to three cases in the past week, while the number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at two cases per week 

Among the 94 confirmed cases reported from Feb 27 to Mar 5, a total of 52 cases have tested positive for their serology tests while 26 have tested negative. A further 16 serology test results are pending.

The health ministry added that 13 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore's total recoveries to 59,870.

There are 17 cases still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and one is in the intensive care unit. Another 91 are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.

As of Friday, Singapore has reported a total of 60,007 COVID-19 cases and 29 fatalities from the disease.

More than 350,000 Singapore residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Friday during his ministry’s Committee of Supply debate in Parliament.

The number includes about 80 per cent of healthcare workers, he added. More than 40,000 seniors aged 70 and above have also received their first dose as of Thursday.

Singapore started vaccinating seniors aged 70 and above last month. The programme will soon be rolled out to seniors aged 60 and above, Mr Gan said.

A total of 215,000 Singaporeans have also received their second doses of the vaccine.

Singapore started its COVID-19 vaccination programme in December last year. Two vaccines - Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna – have so far been authorised for use in the country.

A shipment of a third vaccine, made by China’s Sinovac Biotech, arrived in Singapore in February, although it had not been authorised for use in the country at the time.

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Source: CNA/lk/zl