SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 40 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday (Sep 1), including one in the community and seven imported infections.
This brings the total number of cases in the country to 56,852.
Of the new cases, 37 were asymptomatic and were detected through the Ministry of Health's (MOH) proactive screening and surveillance. The remaining three cases were symptomatic.
ONE-YEAR-OLD GIRL FROM INDIA AMONG IMPORTED CASES
All seven imported cases were placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore, said MOH. They were tested while serving their notices at dedicated facilities.
A one-year-old girl from India was among the imported cases. She is a short-term visit pass holder whose parents are permanent residents.
A 26-year-old Singaporean man who returned from the United States on Aug 18 was also one of the imported cases reported. Two other imported cases were permanent residents who returned from India on Aug 16.
Also among the imported cases reported on Tuesday were two work pass holders who are currently employed in Singapore. They arrived from Bangladesh and Brazil on Aug 16.
The remaining imported case was a dependant's pass holder who arrived from Bangladesh on Aug 16.
SOLE COMMUNITY CASE UNLINKED
The single community infection was a work pass holder who is currently unlinked to previous cases, MOH said.
She is a 24-year-old Chinese national who was detected through MOH's rostered routine testing of workers in the construction, marine and process sectors who are living outside the dormitories, said the ministry. She was asymptomatic.
"Epidemiological investigations of the case are in progress.
"In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the case have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that we can detect asymptomatic cases," said MOH.
Serological tests will also be conducted for her household contacts to determine if she could have been infected by them.
Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased, from an average of two cases per day in the week before, to an average of three per day in the past week.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at an average of one case per day in the past two weeks.
MOH said it will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through its surveillance programme.
32 CASES RESIDING IN DORMITORIES
Of the 32 cases residing in dormitories, 22 were identified earlier as contacts of previous cases and were quarantined to prevent further transmission. They were also tested during quarantine to determine their status.
The remaining 10 cases were detected through surveillance testing, such as the biweekly rostered routine testing of workers living in dormitories and testing of those with acute respiratory infection symptoms.
"This allows us to pick up cases early, including asymptomatic ones, so that we are able to ring-fence them quickly to prevent further transmission, by aggressively containing, tracing and isolating the close contacts," said MOH.
Serological tests were also conducted to determine if some of the cases were current or past infections. So far, test results for nine cases have come back positive, which indicate "likely past infections", said the health ministry.
Another 91 COVID-19 patients were discharged on Tuesday, bringing the total number who have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged to 55,749.
There are currently 86 cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and no one is in the intensive care unit.
A total of 990 patients are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are people who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.
Twenty-seven people have died from complications due to COVID-19 in Singapore.
A restaurant in Orchard Central and two food outlets at Bugis Junction were among the locations added to a list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period.
The list of new locations is as follows:
SINGAPORE, BRUNEI AGREE ON GREEN LANE
On Tuesday, the foreign affairs ministries of Singapore and Brunei announced a reciprocal green lane that would allow their residents to travel between the two countries for essential business and official purposes.
"Both sides have agreed on an arrangement to allow the safe resumption of cross-border movement of a limited number of people, with the necessary safeguards in place to ensure that public health concerns of both sides are addressed," the ministries said.
Applications begin on Tuesday.
Separately, a joint press release by Singapore authorities noted that 62,000 workers have yet to be scheduled for their mandatory rostered routine testing for COVID-19 ahead of the screening deadline on Saturday.
Those who fail to do so will not be able to return to work.
As part of the safeguards to ensure the safe restart of work, workers staying in dormitories, workers in the construction, marine and process sectors and personnel who go into the work sites are required to undergo rostered routine testing every 14 days.
Employers are reminded that these workers must have completed a swab test in the preceding 14 days and started their 14-day rostered routine testing cycle.
FORMER OLD AGE HOME EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
MOH reported on Monday that a former care staff member at the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home at 148A Silat Avenue had tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday in the Philippines.
The former staff member had not displayed any acute respiratory infection symptoms while she was at work and her last day at Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home at Silat Avenue was Aug 26, said the health ministry.
As a precautionary measure, 90 staff members and residents who were identified as possible contacts of the case were tested by MOH and the Agency for Integrated Care.
The results for all 90 individuals returned negative, said MOH.