11 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

11 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

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Changi Airport staff members wearing personal protective equipment assist travellers to check-in. (File photo: Calvin Oh)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 11 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (Feb 21).

All the infections were imported and had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Two Singaporeans and a permanent resident who returned from India and Nepal were among the imported cases. 

Another three cases were dependant's pass holders who arrived from India and the United Arab Emirates. 

One is a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from Myanmar and another is a work pass holder who arrived from Mexico. 

The remaining three cases are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India and Indonesia, of whom one is a foreign domestic worker. 

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No locally transmitted cases were reported in the community or in foreign worker dormitories.

MOH INVESTIGATING MALAYSIAN TRUCK DRIVER

MOH said it is investigating a Malaysian truck driver who had visited the casino at Resorts World Sentosa in his previous trip to Singapore. 

The man, who works as freelance deliveryman, had tested positive for COVID-19 in an antigen rapid test (ART) at Woodlands Checkpoint on Friday. 

Investigations found that the man, who was allowed into Singapore on Feb 8 when he tested negative for his ART, had visited the casino on Feb 9 before departing for Malaysia on the same day. 

"Malaysian truck drivers are not allowed to mingle in the community other than for delivery purposes and are not to stay overnight," said MOH. 

"Investigations are ongoing to assess if there had been any breach of the relevant prevailing measures."




TWELVE MORE PATIENTS DISCHARGED

Twelve more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore's total recoveries to 59,731.

There are 22 cases still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and one is in the intensive care unit. Another 87 are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from seven cases in the week before to one case in the past week, said MOH. 

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from four cases in the week before to one case in the past week.

Amongst the 69 confirmed cases reported from Feb 15 to Feb 21, 43 cases have tested positive for their serology tests. A total of 11 have tested negative and 15 serology test results are pending, said the ministry.

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MOH announced on Saturday that a COVID-19 cluster linked to a sales employee at BS Industrial & Construction Supply, known as Case 59429, has been closed.

The 39-year-old permanent resident was confirmed to have COVID-19 on Jan 18. He had been linked to seven other cases.

"As there have been no more cases linked to the Case 59429 cluster for the past two incubation periods (i.e. 28 days), the cluster has now been closed," said MOH.

As of Sunday, Singapore has reported a total of 59,869 COVID-19 cases and 29 fatalities.

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Source: CNA/zl

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