COVID-19 cases in Singapore top 50,000 with 481 new infections, including 4 imported cases

COVID-19 cases in Singapore top 50,000 with 481 new infections, including 4 imported cases

COVID-19 Masked People Bedok Jetty 2 East Coast Park
People wearing face masks at Bedok Jetty along East Coast Park on Jul 19, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 481 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (Jul 26), including five infections in the community.

This brings the total number of cases in the country to 50,369.

Four of the new community cases are work permit holders and one is a work pass holder, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). 

Three of the community cases are currently unlinked. All three were asymptomatic and detected as a result of periodic screening of workers in essential services who are living outside the dormitories. 

"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 seven per day in the past week," said MOH in the release. 

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 four per day in the past week.

There are also four imported cases, all of whom were placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving their notice.

Among the new imported cases, two of the patients - a Singaporean citizen and a permanent resident - returned to Singapore from Indonesia on Jul 24. 

The other two imported cases are work permit holders who arrived from the Philippines on Jul 14. 

The remaining 472 cases reported on Sunday are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, said MOH.

2 NEW CLUSTERS AT DORMITORIES, 169 PATIENTS DISCHARGED

In Sunday's release, MOH also reported two new COVID-19 clusters at dormitories. 

Eight of the earlier confirmed cases have now been linked to form a new cluster at at 52 Kaki Bukit Industrial Terrace, while one of the new cases has been linked to four previous cases at 19 Kian Teck Avenue. 

MOH added that 169 more COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. 

"In all, 45,521 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities," the ministry said. 

There are currently 173 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. Another 4,648 are 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 have died from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

READ: Singapore, Malaysia have settled arrangements for cross-border travel from Aug 10, not ready yet for daily commuting: Vivian Balakrishnan

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CROSS-BORDER TRAVEL

Singapore and Malaysia have settled arrangements for cross-border travel between both countries, but are not yet ready to allow daily commuting, Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan said on Sunday, following a meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Hishammuddin Hussein. 

Applications will open on Aug 10 for the Reciprocal Green Lane and the Periodic Commuting Arrangement.

"I would say, give us a couple of weeks to monitor the (COVID-19) figures, both in Malaysia, in particular Johor, and in Singapore. And as we gain greater confidence that the control of the pandemic is well-executed in both places, we can then begin the discussions for how we can allow daily commuting," said Dr Balakrishnan. 

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