Singapore reports 27 new COVID-19 infections; Singaporean removed from case tally as first test was 'false-positive'

Singapore reports 27 new COVID-19 infections; Singaporean removed from case tally as first test was 'false-positive'

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People wearing face masks at North Bridge Road on Sep 10, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 27 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Wednesday (Sep 16), including two in the community and two imported infections.

A 59-year-old Singaporean man who was previously listed as a COVID-19 case was removed from the tally of cases on Wednesday. Case 57107 tested negative twice following an initial positive test result, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The man was previously classified as an imported case on Sep 5 after testing positive for COVID-19 a day before. He returned from Australia on Aug 25 and was placed on stay-home notice upon arrival.

MOH said on Wednesday that investigations by laboratory experts and an expert panel assessed that his first test result was a false-positive one. 

"All necessary public health actions had been taken earlier and neither the case nor his contacts had been exposed to risk of infection due to the initial classification," said the ministry. 

This takes the adjusted tally of cases in Singapore to 57,514.

ALL NEW CASES ASYMPTOMATIC

All the new cases reported on Wednesday were asymptomatic and were detected from screening and surveillance.

The two community infections are work permit holders who were detected from the health ministry's rostered routine testing of workers in the construction, marine and process sectors who are living outside the dormitories. 

One is linked to an earlier case while the other is currently unlinked. 

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

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of one case per day in the week before, to an average of fewer than one per day in the past week. 

The two imported cases reported on Wednesday had travelled from India. They are a Singaporean who returned on a Sep 12 and a long-term visit pass holder who arrived on Sep 3.

Both imported cases were placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore, and were tested while serving their isolation period at dedicated facilities.



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MOH also reported 23 cases living in dormitories. Of these, 17 were identified earlier as contacts of previous cases and had already been quarantined to prevent further transmission. 

The remaining six cases were detected through surveillance testing.

MOH said the serological test results for eight cases have come back positive so far, which indicate "likely past infection".

Twelve more cases have been linked to the cluster at CDPL Tuas Dormitory, which now has a total of 51 confirmed cases. 

Of the new cases reported on Wednesday, 85 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

71 MORE PATIENTS DISCHARGED

MOH said 71 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore's total recoveries from COVID-19 to 56,955.

There are 42 patients who are still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving and no one is in the intensive care unit. Another 490 people are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

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

People's Park Centre and People's Park Complex were added to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 community cases during their infectious period. 

These two locations join the several shopping malls that were added to the list on Tuesday.

Among those added on Tuesday were Hougang Mall, IKEA Tampines, IMM, Junction 8, NEX, Plaza Singapura, Tiong Bahru Plaza and HarbourFront Centre, as well as Lau Pa Sat and a Burger King outlet at Changi Airport Terminal 1. 

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Source: CNA/lk

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