SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 249 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Wednesday (Jul 15), including 15 cases in the community and five imported cases, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update.
In Wednesday's earlier press release, MOH had reported 16 community cases. One of the cases has since been re-classified following contact tracing, said the ministry.
The total number of cases in the country now stands at 46,878.
The community cases include three work pass holders and 12 work permit holders.
Of the community cases, 11 were picked up as a result of surveillance and screening, and three had already been placed on quarantine earlier, said the ministry.
Fourteen of the cases were asymptomatic, and were detected through testing.
"Five of the community cases today are linked to previous cases or clusters," said MOH.
Of these, three cases had been identified as contacts of previously confirmed cases, and had been tested during their quarantine to determine their status, even though they were asymptomatic.
The remaining two cases were also asymptomatic, and were swabbed as part of periodic screening of workers in the construction sector.
Ten of the community cases are currently unlinked, said MOH. Of these, nine had been detected as a result of screening of workers in essential services who are living outside the dormitories.
Epidemiological investigations are ongoing for the remaining case, who was swabbed under enhanced community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor.
Epidemiological investigations are ongoing for the other cases.
Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 14 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 13 per day in the past week.
However, the number of unlinked cases in the community has increased, from an average of six cases per day in the week before, to an average of eight per day in the past week.
FIVE IMPORTED CASES, 251 MORE CASES DISCHARGED
The five imported cases had been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore and had been tested while serving notice, MOH said.
One of the imported cases is a Singaporean who returned from India on Jul 3. One of the cases, a work pass holder, returned from India and is currently employed in Singapore. Another case, a student's pass holder, returned from Indonesia.
One of the cases is a long-term visit pass holder, whose spouse is a Singapore permanent resident, returned from India, said MOH.
The remaining case, returning from the US, had been conveyed in a dedicated transport from Changi Airport to a vessel at Jurong Port upon arrival in Singapore. He remained there until he was placed on quarantine at a government facility.
The rest of the new 229 cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories.
A total of 251 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, added MOH.
In all, 42,988 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.
"There are currently 159 confirmed cases who are still in hospital," said MOH.
Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit.
A total of 3,704 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 people have died from complications due to COVID-19.
7 NEW LOCATIONS VISITED BY COVID-19 CASES
Seven new locations have been added to the list of places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period, said MOH in the release.
The new locations include Apple Orchard Road, Bugis+ shopping mall and Tekka Centre on two different occasions.
The new locations are as follows:
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The Singaporean was confirmed to have COVID-19 on Apr 30. He also had a history of diabetes mellitus, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia.
On Tuesday as well, Singapore and Malaysia announced they are working to resume cross-border travel on Aug 10 for business travellers and residents on long-term passes, subject to precautionary measures.
Both countries have agreed to implement two schemes – the Reciprocal Green Lane and Periodic Commuting Arrangement – that target different groups of travellers.
Singapore is currently in Phase 2 of its reopening that began on Jun 19, with the gradual resumption of operations by more businesses.