Singapore reports 10 new COVID-19 cases, all imported infections

Singapore reports 10 new COVID-19 cases, all imported infections

Travellers at Changi International Airport
Travellers walk with their luggage along the departure hall area at Singapore Changi Airport on Sep 11, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 10 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Friday (Oct 23), taking the national total to 57,951. 

All of the new infections were imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily preliminary update.


The imported cases were all tested while serving their stay-home notice and were confirmed positive on Thursday. They are asymptomatic. 

A one-year-old baby girl from India was among the imported cases. She was a dependent's pass holder who had travelled into Singapore from the United Arab Emirates and was a contact of two previous cases.

Another imported case involved a 48-year-old French woman, also a dependent's pass holder. She had entered Singapore from France.

There was one Singaporean among the imported cases - a 30-year-old man who had returned from the US.

A 31-year-old Bangladeshi man and a 41-year-old Russian woman were also part of the imported cases. They were both work pass holders who had entered Singapore from their home countries. A third work pass holder was a 41-year-old Indian national who had travelled into Singapore from Switzerland. 

Three Filipino work permit holders were among the imported cases. They had travelled in from the Philippines. The women are aged 35, 34 and 28 respectively. The 34-year-old was a contact of a previous case.

A 21-year-old French woman on a student pass made up the rest of the imported cases. She had entered Singapore from France.


No new cases were reported in the community or in worker dormitories. 

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from four cases in the week before, to two in the past week, MOH said.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from none in the week before, to two cases in the past week. 

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"We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme," MOH added.

A total of three more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, the ministry said. 

In all, 57,832 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 52 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. 

Of these, most are stable or improving and none are in the intensive care unit. 

A total of 39 are being isolated and cared for at community facilities. 

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"These are those who have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19," MOH said.

To date, 28 people have died from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

Singapore and Germany announced on Friday that they have agreed to set up a reciprocal green lane to enable essential travel for business or official purposes via direct flights between both countries.

Eligible applicants will have to abide by the COVID-19 prevention and public health measures mutually agreed by both countries.

Both countries also said that the green lane could serve as a model for future similar arrangements between Singapore and other European countries.

Singapore has so far agreed to establish reciprocal green lanes with several countries including Brunei, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia

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Source: CNA/zl