29 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

29 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

People walk along the transit hall at Changi Airport
People walk along the transit hall at Changi Airport, Singapore on Jan 7, 2021. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 29 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday (Jan 9), said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

All were imported infections, and had been placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. They were also tested while serving their stay-home notice or during isolation.

Four Singaporeans and a permanent resident, returning from India, Indonesia, Sweden and the UK, were among the imported cases.  

Three cases were dependant's pass holders arriving from the UAE, India and Maldives. 

There were 13 work permit holders who had arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar. Three of them were foreign domestic workers. 

Five cases were work pass holders who had arrived from India and the UAE. 

A short-term pass holder, a Singapore permanent resident who had arrived from India to visit her spouse, was also among the cases. 

The remaining case was a sea crew member who had arrived from Indonesia on a vessel and swabbed on arrival. He was taken to hospital when his test result came back positive. 



There were no new locally transmitted cases in the community, said the ministry. 

In its evening update, MOH said it had completed special testing operations for 234 employees of Crowne Plaza Changi Airport.

On Friday, the ministry said it had closed the hotel for two weeks amid investigations into three COVID-19 cases who were working there. 

"From our preliminary investigations, we cannot exclude that transmissions could have occurred at the hotel," said the ministry. 

Sri Aachi Aappakadai at Chander Road in Little India was also added to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 community cases during their infectious period.

31 MORE CASES DISCHARGED

MOH said the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 10 cases in the week before to eight cases in the past week. 

The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from four cases in the week before to five cases in the past week. 

Thirty-one more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore's total recoveries to 58,611.

There are 67 cases still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and one is in the intensive care unit. Another 158 are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.

MAN TESTED 'PRELIMINARY POSITIVE' FOR NEW B117 STRAIN

MOH reported on Friday that a 20-year-old Singaporean man who works at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport had tested "preliminarily positive" for the new B117 strain.

He is the second reported local COVID-19 case who has tested preliminarily positive for the new strain. The 20-year-old is also the third person working at the Azur restaurant in the hotel who tested positive for the coronavirus.

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The man, Case 59084, delivered pre-packed meals to air crew members and hotel guests - the same duties that the other two cases linked to the restaurant carried out. He did not interact with diners at the restaurant. 

He was also identified as a close contact of Case 59028, a 24-year-old man from South Korea who was the first local case reported to have tested preliminarily positive for the B117 strain. 

As of Saturday, Singapore has reported a total of 58,865 COVID-19 cases. 

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