Singapore reports 14 new COVID-19 infections, including 2 community cases who work at Changi Airport

Singapore reports 14 new COVID-19 infections, including 2 community cases who work at Changi Airport

Travellers wait at the Changi International Airport in Singapore
Travellers wait near a check-in counter at the departure area of Singapore Changi Airport on Sep 11, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 14 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Saturday (Oct 24), including two community cases, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily preliminary update.

Of the 14, 12 were asymptomatic and were detected through screening and surveillance. The remaining two displayed symptoms of coronavirus. 

TWO COMMUNITY CASES

The two community cases were unlinked.One of them is a 64-year-old permanent resident (PR) who is a security officer at Changi Airport Terminal 3. Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work and visited the Singapore National Eye Centre for treatment of a non-related medical condition.

The other case is a 48-year-old Singaporean citizen who is a temperature screener and swab assistant at Raffles Medical at Changi Airport Terminal 3, and had gone to work prior to hospital admission.

Both community cases were detected when they were diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor.

"While both cases work at Changi Airport Terminal 3, they had not interacted with each other, and epidemiological investigations so far have not established any link between them. 

"As a precautionary measure, all individuals working at Changi Airport Terminal 3 who may have contact with travellers will be tested for COVID-19," said MOH.

"As travel volume is expected to pick up in the coming months, MOH has been in discussion with relevant agencies to ramp up Rostered Routine Testing of frontline staff working at Changi Airport," said the ministry, adding that more details will be provided later.

IMPORTED, DORM CASES

There were 11 imported cases reported on Saturday, who were issued stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore. 

Three of them are Singaporeans and one is a Singapore permanent resident who had returned from India and the Philippines. 

Three more imported cases are work permit holders who had arrived from Indonesia and the Philippines. 

One case is a student pass holder who had arrived from France. The remaining imported cases are two long-term visit pass holders who had arrived from India and Indonesia, as well as a short-term visit pass holder who was allowed to travel into Singapore from India as her parent is a Singapore PR. 

Of the new cases, one is a dormitory resident, who was detected through the rostered routine testing. 

Singapore has had 57,965 COVID-19 cases in total. 

MOH said the number of new cases in the community has decreased from four cases in the week before to three in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from one case in the week before to three in the past week.

It also included the FairPrice Finest outlet at Changi Airport Terminal 3 in its list of public places visited by cases in the community during their infectious period.

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

MORE DISCHARGED

A total of 12 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. 

In total, 57,844 cases have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged.

There are 53 confirmed cases still in hospital. Most are stable or improving and none are in the intensive care unit, said MOH. Forty cases are being isolated and cared for at community hospitals. These are those who have mild symptoms or are clinically well but test positive for COVID-19.

In all, 28 people have died from complications due to COVID-19 infection. 



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Singapore and Germany announced on Friday they have agreed to set up a reciprocal green lane to enable essential travel for business or official purposes.

Eligible applicants will have to abide by the COVID-19 prevention and public health measures mutually agreed by both countries.

The joint press statement also said that the green lane could serve as a model for future similar arrangements between Singapore and other European countries.

Singapore has agreed to establish reciprocal green lanes with several countries, including Brunei, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia.  

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Source: CNA/kv

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