42 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 4 community infections

42 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 4 community infections

Singapore Phase 2 Orchard Road
Orchard Road on Jun 19, the first day of Phase 2 of Singapore's reopening. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 42 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Saturday (Sep 12), including 10 imported infections and four in the community, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

This takes Singapore's tally of cases to 57,357. 

Forty-one of the new cases are asymptomatic and were detected from screening and surveillance while one was symptomatic. 

All four community infections are asymptomatic. One is a Singapore permanent resident who is linked to the cluster at Avery Lodge Dormitory. The cluster at 2D Jalan Papan currently has a total of 69 confirmed infections. 

The other three community cases are Indian nationals - two are contacts of previously confirmed infections while one is linked to the cluster at the Kenyon/UBS construction site. The cluster at 9 Penang Road has a total of 190 confirmed coronavirus cases.

There were 10 new imported cases and all had been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore. Among them are two Singaporeans and five permanent residents who returned from India on Aug 30 and Aug 31. 

Another two cases are work pass holders currently employed in Singapore. The two arrived from Germany on Aug 30 and the Philippines on Aug 29. 

The remaining imported case, a short-term visit pass holder, is the spouse of a Singaporean who arrived from India on Sep 5. The 62-year-old man, known as Case 57468, is the sole symptomatic case reported on Saturday. He experienced an onset of symptoms on Sep 7 and was confirmed to have the coronavirus on Sep 11. 



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MOH said the overall number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of three cases 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 cases per day in the week before, to an average of one per day in the past week. 

Among the 28 cases residing in dormitories, 16 had been identified earlier as contacts of previous cases, and had already been quarantined to prevent further transmission. 

The remaining 12 cases were detected through surveillance testing, such as through MOH's bi-weekly rostered routine testing. Serological test results for one case has also come back positive so far, which indicate a likely past infection.

Of the new cases reported on Saturday, 88 per cent are imported or linked to known cases or clusters while the rest are pending contact tracing. Further details can be found in MOH's daily situation report

MOH said 92 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore's total recoveries to 56,699.

There are 54 cases still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving. Another 577 are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

To date, 27 have died from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

CROSS-BORDER TRAVEL

Malaysia said on Friday it is looking into fully reopening the Malaysia-Singapore border for daily commuting.

Health minister Adham Baba said the Recovery Movement Control Order period, which has been extended until December, will be a crucial period for the ministry to determine the best time to allow the opening of the border for daily commuters.

Dr Adham also said the ministry is planning to double the number of swab tests conducted over the current Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) schemes.

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Also on Friday, Singapore and Japan announced that both countries will launch a "reciprocal green lane" to facilitate essential business and official travel for residents on Sep 18.

Necessary public health safeguards, such as pre-departure and post-arrival testing and a controlled itinerary for the first 14 days, will be required.

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Source: CNA/aj

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