15 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 5 imported infections

15 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 5 imported infections

An arriving passenger walks to the taxi area at Changi International Airport, Singapore
An arriving passenger walks to the taxi queue area at Singapore Changi Airport on Sep 11, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Fifteen new COVID-19 cases were reported in Singapore as of noon on Sunday (Sep 27), taking the national tally to 57,700.

This is the fifth day this week that Singapore has reported zero community cases.

Among the new cases, 14 are asymptomatic and were detected from proactive screening and surveillance. 

Five cases were imported and all were placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Two of the imported cases are Singapore permanent residents who returned from India on Sep 15 and Sep 25.

One of them is a 52-year-old woman, known as Case 57840. She is the only symptomatic case reported on Sunday and experienced onset of symptoms on Sep 25. 

The remaining three imported cases are work permit holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from Indonesia and the Philippines on Sep 15. 

MOH said the overall number of new cases in the community has remained stable at an average of fewer than one case per day in the past two weeks.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also remained stable at an average of fewer than one case per day in the past two weeks.



Ten of the new cases reside in dormitories. Six had been identified earlier as contacts of previous cases and had already been quarantined.

The remaining four cases were detected through surveillance testing, such as the health ministry's bi-weekly rostered routine testing of workers living in dormitories. 

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ONE CLUSTER CLOSED

MOH said it has been monitoring existing clusters for any further transmission. As there have been no more cases linked to the dormitory at 51 Paya Ubi Industrial Park for the past two incubation periods, the cluster has now been closed.

Of the new cases reported on Sunday, 93 per cent are imported or linked to known cases or clusters while the rest are pending contact tracing. Further details can be found in MOH's daily situation report. 

MOH said eight more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore's total recoveries to 57,367.

There are 31 cases still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving. Another 275 are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

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More COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from October.

Earlier this week, authorities said up to 100 attendees will be allowed at all worship services from Oct 3, double the current limit of 50.

Live music can also resume at 16 religious organisations, as part of a pilot programme by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), while some places of worship may trial services for up to 250 people.

The increased limit of 100 people will also apply to non-congregational religious activities, subject to the religious organisation’s ability to adhere to safe distancing measures given its physical capacity, said MCCY.

However, existing limits of 30 people for funeral-related activities and 50 people for religious classes will remain.

All congregational worship and religious services were suspended in March as Singapore tried to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

They were allowed to resume in June, with up to 50 people at a time, in Phase 2 of Singapore's post-"circuit breaker" reopening.

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Source: CNA/lk/zl

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