469 new COVID-19 infections reported in Singapore, including 15 imported cases

469 new COVID-19 infections reported in Singapore, including 15 imported cases

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A man wearing face mask using his mobile phone at Bedok Jetty along East Coast Park on Jul 19, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 469 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Monday (Jul 27), including 15 imported cases and two infections in the community.

This brings the total number of cases in the country to 50,838. 

Of the new imported cases, eight travelled from India while seven arrived from the Philippines, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Among the imported infections are two Singaporeans, who returned from India on Jul 15. The 68-year-old man and 65-year-old woman were both asymptomatic and they are both linked. 

Another 11 cases are work pass or work permit holders who are currently employed in Singapore. They arrived in Singapore from India or the Philippines between Jul 14 and Jul 15.

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The remaining two imported cases are dependant’s pass holders who arrived from India on Jul 12 and Jul 14. One of them is a one-year-old baby boy who is a contact of a previously confirmed case. 

All the imported cases were placed on stay-home notices when they arrived in Singapore, said MOH. 

COMMUNITY CASES LINKED TO DORMS

Of the two cases in the community, one is a Singaporean and one is a work pass holder, said the health ministry.

Both are linked to previous cases or clusters and were detected due to screening of people working at dormitories, even though they are asymptomatic. 

One of the cases is a 29-year-old Singaporean man, who is linked to the CDPL Tuas Dormitory which currently has a total of 1,690 infections. 

The other community case, a 30-year-old man from India, is linked to the ASPRI-Westlite Papan dormitory which currently has 618 infections. 

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"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 five per day in the past week," said MOH.

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 three per day in the past week, it added.

The remaining new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories. 

A new dormitory cluster was also identified. It is located at 6 Sungei Kadut Street 2 and currently has a total of five confirmed infections. 

Of all the new cases reported on Monday, the health ministry said 99 per cent are linked to known clusters while the rest are pending contact tracing. More details can be found in MOH's daily situation report

Meanwhile, several new locations were added to a list of places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period.

The new locations include Queensway Shopping Centre, Ramada by Wyndham Singapore at Zhongshan Park, FairPrice Kampung Admiralty and a Din Tai Fung outlet at Northpoint City mall.

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MOH said 171 more COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 45,692 have fully recovered from the infection.

There are currently 179 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 

Another 4,940 are isolated and being cared for at community facilities. These are people who have mild symptoms, or who are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19. 

As previously reported, 27 have died from complications due to COVID-19 infection.



CROSS-BORDER TRAVEL BETWEEN SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA

On Sunday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan said Singapore and Malaysia have settled arrangements for cross-border travel between both countries, but are not yet ready to allow daily commuting.

"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 on Sunday. 

Applications for the Reciprocal Green Lane and the Periodic Commuting Arrangement - which will allow travel for official, business and work purposes between Singapore and Malaysia - will open on Aug 10.

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Source: CNA/lk/zl(nc)

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