295 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 7 imported infections

295 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 7 imported infections

COVID-19 Masked Man Tampines Bus Interchange
Commuters at Tampines Bus Interchange on Jul 15, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 295 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tuesday (Aug 4), including two in the community and seven imported infections, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). 

This brings the total number of cases in the country to 53,346.

Of the two community cases, one is a Singaporean and the other is a work pass holder, said MOH in its preliminary daily update.

The two community cases were both asymptomatic, with the 31-year-old Singaporean currently unlinked to previous cases, said MOH.

"(She was) identified from our proactive screening of workers in essential services who are living outside the dormitories, even though she is asymptomatic," the ministry said.

All identified close contacts have been isolated and placed on quarantine and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period.

The other community case, a 46-year-old Bangladeshi man, was identified as a contact of a previous case, and was tested during quarantine to determine his status.

A Hindu temple, the Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple at 10 Yishun Industrial Park A, was added to the list of places visited by COVID-19 cases while infectious. 

As a precautionary measure, people who were at the temple between 7pm and 9pm on Jul 31 should monitor their health closely for 14 days, said MOH. Those identified as close contacts of the case would have been notified by the ministry.

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

Overall, the number of new community cases have decreased, from an average of four per day in the week before, to an average of two per day in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of two per day in the week before, to an average of one per day in the past week. 

ALL SEVEN IMPORTED CASES RETURNED FROM INDIA

All seven imported cases were placed on stay-home notices upon their arrival in Singapore from India.

A five-year-old boy who is a dependant's pass holder was among the imported cases. He is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

Two of the seven imported cases were permanent residents who returned to Singapore on Jul 23. Two other cases were work pass holders who are currently employed in Singapore and had arrived the country on Jul 22 and Jul 31.

The other two cases were a dependant's pass holder and a student's pass holder.

All seven imported cases were tested while serving their stay-home notices at dedicated isolation facilities.

The remaining 286 COVID-19 cases reported on Tuesday were work permit holders living in foreign worker dormitories.

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NINE CLUSTERS CLOSED

The inter-agency task force has been systematically and progressively clearing dormitories through testing of migrant workers living in dormitories, said MOH.

Nine dormitories have been cleared and now house only recovered individuals and those who have recently tested negative for COVID-19.

The closed clusters are:

Nine dormitory clusters closed

275 MORE PATIENTS DISCHARGED

A total of 275 more COVID-19 cases were discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.

"In all, 47,454 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities," said MOH.

There are currently 125 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving. One is in a critical condition in the intensive care unit.

MOH reported that 5,740 patients 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.

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From Aug 11, travellers entering Singapore who are serving their stay-home notice outside of dedicated facilities will have to wear an electronic monitoring device throughout the 14-day period. 

This will apply to all travellers including Singaporeans, permanent residents, long-term pass holders, work pass holders and their dependents.

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Any attempt to leave the place of residence or tamper with the electronic device will trigger an alert to the authorities.

Those who are caught flouting the stay-home notice requirements or tampering with the device may be fined up to S$10,000 and jailed up to six months. 

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Source: CNA/zl(cy)

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