SINGAPORE: Singapore reported three new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Monday (Oct 26), including two imported cases.
Both imported cases were placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
Among the imported cases was a 1-year-old baby girl who is a dependant's pass holder. The Indian national had travelled from the UAE and is linked to a previous imported case, a 34-year-old Indian woman who is also a dependant's pass holder.
The other was a 21-year-old French national on a student's pass who had travelled into Singapore from France.
All the new cases were asymptomatic, MOH added.
A dormitory resident was also among Monday's new cases, said the ministry. He was detected through the bi-weekly rostered routine testing of foreign workers living in dormitories.
One additional case is linked to the cluster at Cassia @ Penjuru. The dormitory at 15 Penjuru Walk has a total of 18 confirmed COVID-19 cases now, said MOH.
The new infections take the national tally to 57,973.
Several new locations were also added on Monday to the list of public places visited by cases in the community during their infectious period.
These include eateries at several places like Lot One Shoppers' Mall, 313@Somerset and Our Tampines Hub.
"As a precautionary measure, persons who had been at these locations during the specified timings should monitor their health closely for 14 days from their date of visit," said the ministry.
"They should see a doctor promptly if they develop symptoms of acute respiratory infection (such as cough, sore throat and runny nose), as well as fever and loss of taste or smell, and inform the doctor of their exposure history."
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 remained stable at two cases a week in the past two weeks.
21 MORE CASES DISCHARGED
In addition, 21 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, MOH said.
In all, 57,879 have fully recovered and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.
There are currently 43 confirmed cases who are still in hospital.
"Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit," the ministry said.
A total of 23 are isolated and cared for at community facilities.
"These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19," MOH said.
Twenty-eight people have died from complications due to COVID-19 infection.
The authorities have begun piloting the use of antigen rapid tests to more quickly detect COVID-19 among migrant workers who undergo rostered routine testing.
Migrant workers are currently tested every two weeks using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. Antigen tests can return results within half an hour despite being less accurate, as compared to PCR tests which take at least a day.
The pilot will use the antigen rapid test on the seventh day to complement the PCR test on the 14th day.
“Migrant workers who test positive can be isolated immediately and conveyed to a medical facility for a confirmatory PCR test,” said the Manpower Ministry.