Singapore reports 11 new COVID-19 infections, including 2 in community and 4 imported

Singapore reports 11 new COVID-19 infections, including 2 in community and 4 imported

COVID-19 People wearing face masks at Marine Terrace (4)
People wearing face masks at Marine Terrace on Sep 16, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 11 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tuesday (Oct 6), including two in the community.

There were four imported infections, all of whom were asymptomatic and were tested while serving stay-home notices at dedicated facilities upon arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The other five new cases involve workers living in dormitories.

This takes Singapore's tally of cases to 57,830. 

CONTACTS OF PRIVATE SCHOOL STUDENT TEST POSITIVE

Both community cases - a 7-year-old boy and a 42-year-old woman - are contacts of a private school student and had been placed on quarantine on Oct 3, but had not left their home since Sep 28, said MOH.

The boy is a student at a private school and was last there on Sep 18, while the woman is a homemaker.

They were tested during quarantine despite being asymptomatic.

Among the five cases residing in dormitories, one had been identified as a contact of previous cases and was tested during quarantine.

The other four cases were picked up through regular testing.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from an average one case per day in the week before, to an average of two cases 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.

Fifteen more COVID-19 cases have been discharged, bringing the total number who have fully recovered from the disease and discharged from hospitals or community care facilities to 57,612.

Currently 43 cases remain in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, said MOH

One patient is now in critical condition in the intensive care unit. It is the first time since Aug 5 that a patient with COVID-19 in Singapore has been in the ICU.

A total of 148 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 in Singapore remains at 27.



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

COVID-19 CASES VISITED RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA

Universal Studios Singapore and Hard Rock Cafe at Resorts World Sentosa were added to MOH's list of public places visited by community COVID-19 cases during their infectious period.

Cases visited these locations on Sep 24.

Other locations added to the list include Giant Hypermart - Tampines and IKEA Tampines, both located along Tampines North Drive 2.

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REVIVING CHANGI AIR HUB

Pursuing more green lane arrangements and negotiating air travel bubbles with countries whose COVID-19 infection rates are low are among the Government’s strategies to revive Changi Air Hub. 

Despite this, there is a need to manage expectations amid staying safe and managing risks, Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said a ministerial statement delivered in Parliament on Tuesday. 

"For members who are hoping that I’m about to announce some air travel resumption and even possible December holiday destinations, I am sorry I will disappoint you.”

"We have gone through quite a bit, including a painful circuit breaker, to arrive at the stable situation we have today. And we must not give that up,” he said.  

Mr Ong added that COVID-19 testing capacity is no longer a "major constraint", with Singapore "on track" to increase testing capacity to 40,000 tests a day by November. Currently, about 27,000 people in Singapore are tested daily.

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Source: CNA/zl

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