49 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 1 in the community and 8 imported

49 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 1 in the community and 8 imported

Travellers wait at the Changi International Airport in Singapore
Travellers wait near a check-in counter at the departure area of Singapore Changi Airport on Sep 11, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 49 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (Sep 13), including one in the community and eight imported infections.

Forty-seven of the cases were asymptomatic and were detected through screening and surveillance, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The sole community infection is a work pass holder whose case is currently unlinked. His infection was picked up as a result of the authorities' rostered routine testing of workers in the construction, marine and process sectors who are living outside the dormitories.

A one-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl were among the eight imported cases. They had returned from India and the United States, respectively. Both were contacts of previous cases.

Other imported cases had returned from the Philippines and India.

All the imported cases had been placed on 14-day stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore, said MOH.

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

DORMITORY CASES

Most of Singapore's new infections are migrant workers living in dormitories, with 40 cases reported on Sunday. 

Nine of them were detected through surveillance testing, while the rest had already been quarantined as they were identified as contacts of previous cases.



Singapore's tally of cases stands at 57,406. 

Sixty-five more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 56,764 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged, said MOH.

There are 60 cases who are still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and no one is in the intensive care unit. A total of 555 people are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

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Two malls - Waterway Point in Punggol and Clementi Mall - were among the locations added to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 community cases during their infectious period, said MOH on Sunday. 

Tekka Centre and an eatery at the National University of Singapore Business School were also added to the list.

READ: Waterway Point and Clementi Mall visited by COVID-19 cases during infectious period​​​​​​​

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.

READ: Singapore and Japan to launch 'green lane' for business, official travel on Sep 18

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/ic

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