SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 12 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Wednesday (Sep 23), including one infection in the community, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily preliminary report.
This takes the national tally to 57,639.
The sole community case is a work pass holder, said MOH.
Case 57775, a 31-year-old man Bangladeshi national, has been identified as a contact of a previously confirmed case, and had been placed on quarantine earlier.
He was tested during quarantine to determine his status, even though he is asymptomatic.
There were also four new imported cases who had all been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore.
Of the four imported cases, three are Singapore permanent residents who returned to Singapore from India on Sep 11 - Case 57776, a 33-year-old man, Case 57782, a 47-year-old man, and Case 57783, a 41-year-old woman.
The remaining imported case (Case 57781) is a work pass holder currently employed in Singapore, who arrived from Iran on Sep 11.
All of them had been placed on 14-day stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore, and were tested while serving their stay-home notice at dedicated facilities, said MOH.
The remaining cases involve migrant workers living in dormitories. Four of them had already been quarantined after being identified as contacts of previous cases, while three infections were detected through surveillance testing.
All the cases reported on Wednesday were asymptomatic and were detected from proactive screening and surveillance, said MOH.
Twenty-nine more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total recoveries to 57,291, said MOH.
Thirty-six cases are still in hospital. Most are stable or improving, and no one is in the intensive care unit.
A total of 285 cases are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.
More employees will be allowed to return to workplaces from Sep 28, subject to conditions, MOH said at a COVID-19 multi-ministry taskforce press conference on Wednesday.
Among employees who are able to work from home, no more than half should return to the workplace at any point in time.
"Working from home remains the default mode of working," said MOH.
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The health ministry also announced the pilot of a new business travel pass for senior executives with regional or international responsibilities.
Travellers on this pass will need to keep to a strict itinerary. Upon returning to Singapore, they will be given the option of having a COVID-19 test in lieu of a stay-home notice, and self-isolate until the results are released.
WORSHIP SERVICES, WEDDING RECEPTIONS
The multi-ministry taskforce also said COVID-19 restrictions will be eased further on worship services and wedding receptions. Up to 100 attendees will be allowed from Oct 3, up from the current limit of 50.
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In addition, large cinema halls with more than 300 seats will be allowed to have up to three zones of up to 50 patrons each.
Other cinema halls will also be permitted to increase their capacity to 50 per cent of their original operating capacity, or maintain the current limit of up to 50 patrons per hall, subject to the relevant safe management measures.