Singapore reports 63 new COVID-19 cases, including 2 in the community

Singapore reports 63 new COVID-19 cases, including 2 in the community

Outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Singapore
People wear face masks in Singapore, Apr 3, 2020. (File photo: Reuters/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 63 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Thursday (Sep 10), including two in the community and six imported infections.

Fifty-six of the cases were asymptomatic and were detected through proactive screening and surveillance, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

One of the community cases involves a Singaporean who is linked to three imported cases. They were his family members who had returned from India and were serving their stay-home notice at a dedicated facility. 

The 36-year-old man was identified as Case 57312. 

"While Case 57312 had not travelled overseas with them, he had requested to take care of his spouse and young children at the SHN facility and was isolated with them from Aug 24," the ministry said.

The other community case, a work permit holder, is currently unlinked. The 33-year-old Chinese national's infection was detected as a result of rostered routine testing of workers in the construction, marine and process sectors living outside dormitories. 

The six new imported cases were all placed on stay-home notices upon their arrival in Singapore. They had returned from the UAE, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Russia and the Philippines.

The remaining 55 cases involve work permit holders residing in migrant worker dormitories. Of these, 26 had been identified as contacts of previous cases and have already been quarantined.

The other 29 were detected through surveillance testing.

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

TWO NEW CLUSTERS

Two new clusters were identified on Thursday - 26 new cases were detected at Avery Lodge dormitory, while eight more cases have been linked to PPT Lodge 1A at 8 Seletar North Link.

This takes Singapore's tally of cases to 57,229.

Sixty-six more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore's total recoveries to 56,558.

There are 47 cases still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving. Another 597 are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

One new location - Yaleju-Tong Bei Huo Guo in Geylang - was added to a list of places visited by COVID-19 community cases during their infections period. 



Singapore health authorities said on Wednesday that TraceTogether tokens will be distributed to all residents from Sep 14, in a bid to boost the existing contact tracing regime.

MOH also said it will pilot the deployment of SafeEntry that requires the use of either the TraceTogether app or token to check in at venues.

This will be tested out first at venues where there are larger groups coming together, especially when attendees have to interact closely with one another or where masks may not be worn all the time due to the nature of the activities. 

READ: Every Singapore resident to get free pair of reusable masks from Sep 21

On Wednesday, Temasek Holdings CEO Ho Ching announced that all Singapore residents can collect a free pair of reusable white cloth masks under another initiative organised by Temasek Foundation

Collection starts on Sep 21 at 10am and ends on Oct 4, while pre-orders for those who want additional masks or masks in colours other than white are from Sep 13 until Oct 2. 

Residents will need to scan the barcodes of their NRIC, FIN, driving licence or any government-issued identification (with barcode) to collect their masks at vending machines located islandwide. 

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Source: CNA/aa

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