SINGAPORE: There were 13 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of noon on Friday (Feb 26), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update.
All new infections are imported and had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore.
A Singaporean and four permanent residents who returned from India and the United Kingdom are among the imported cases on Friday.
A dependant's pass holder and a work pass holder, who both arrived from Myanmar, were also among the imported infections. A long-term visit pass holder who arrived from India also tested positive for COVID-19.
The remaining five cases are work permit holders who arrived from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Four of them are foreign domestic workers.
No new locally transmitted infections in the community or in foreign worker dormitories were reported.
Eighteen more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. A total of 59,803 cases have fully recovered.
There are 15 COVID-19 patients who are still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving, with one patient in a critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Another 66 cases are isolated and cared for at community facilities. There are people who have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.
SINGAPORE NOT EXPECTED TO MOVE OUT OF PHASE 3 "ANYTIME SOON"
The Government does not expect Singapore to move out of the third phase of its post-circuit breaker COVID-19 reopening "anytime soon", said Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary in Parliament on Thursday.
"Phase 3 is a new normal which will last until such time when there is evidence on vaccine effectiveness in preventing future outbreaks, a substantial proportion of the population is vaccinated, and the rest of the world also has the virus under control," said Dr Puthucheary.
Since Singapore entered Phase 3 on Dec 28 last year, there has been an increase in COVID-19 outbreaks in many countries as well as the emergence of more easily transmitted variants of the virus, he added.
As of Friday, Singapore has reported a total of 59,913 COVID-19 cases and 29 fatalities from the disease.