SINGAPORE: Singapore reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Monday (Oct 5), taking the national total to 57,819.
Six of the new COVID-19 cases are locally transmitted, comprising one infection in the community and five in the dormitories, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). They are all linked to known cases or clusters.
There is also one imported case, a 50-year-old permanent resident who arrived from India. He is asymptomatic and was placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore.
STUDENT AT PRIVATE SCHOOL TESTS POSITIVE
The sole new community COVID-19 case is a student at a private school, MOH said.
The 15-year-old girl is a household member of Case 57953, a 45-year-old male Indian national who was reported as an unlinked community case on Sunday.
She was last in school on Oct 2 and was placed on quarantine on Oct 3.
She developed symptoms the next day, was tested and subsequently conveyed to a hospital when her test result came back positive.
There are also five COVID-19 cases residing in dormitories, who had all been identified as contacts of previous cases. They were tested during quarantine and are all asymptomatic.
COVID-19 CASES VISITED SHENG SIONG OUTLET
The Sheng Siong supermarket outlet at Tanglin Halt Road was on Monday added to MOH's list of public places visited by community COVID-19 cases during their infectious period.
The supermarket was patronised by cases on Sep 27 from 6.05pm to 6.35pm.
"There are no new cases linked to existing or new clusters today," said the ministry.
Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from an average of fewer than one case per day in the week before, to an average of one case in the past week, said MOH.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at an average of fewer than one case per day in the past two weeks.
There are 22 more COVID-19 cases who have been discharged, bringing the total who have fully recovered from the infection and been discharged to 57,597.
Currently 42 cases remain in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none in the intensive care unit, said MOH.
A total of 153 cases are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are cases who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19, said MOH.
The number of people who have died from complications due to COVID-19 infection remains at 27.
Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said in Parliament on Monday Singapore is in a “stable position” in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic but it must remain vigilant amid profound uncertainties.
To further reopen the economy safely, Mr Heng said the Government will focus on four key prongs – vaccination, testing, tracing and safe management.
Details of a Phase 3 roadmap will be released by the multi-ministry task force in the coming weeks.
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But while Singapore works on a roadmap to Phase 3, the country will remain in Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) Orange “for the time being” said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in Parliament.
“Even as we move towards Phase 3, the new normal will be different from what we were used to in the pre-COVID days,” he added.
While the number of cases in Singapore is low, infections in other parts of the world are still increasing and Singapore cannot let its guard down, he said.
“So I would continue to maintain DORSCON Orange for the time being, until we are quite confident that the global situation is under control,” said Mr Gan.