23 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore; 3rd case linked to man who went to work at Changi Airport

23 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore; 3rd case linked to man who went to work at Changi Airport

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File photo of people wearing protective face masks at Singapore Changi Airport. (File photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 23 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (Sep 30), including three in the community and four imported cases. 

All the community cases are work permit holders, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). 

One of them, a 23-year-old Malaysian, is linked to the man who had gone to work at Changi Airport. Since that case was reported on Monday, three infections have been linked to him. 

The latest case was asymptomatic, but he had already been placed on quarantine, said MOH. 

TWO OTHER COMMUNITY INFECTIONS UNLINKED

The other two new community cases are currently unlinked. 

A 46-year-old Chinese national's infection was detected through regular testing of workers in the construction, marine and process sectors.

The other case, a 31-year-old Malaysian woman, was swabbed under the authorities' enhanced community testing of people diagnosed with acute respiratory infection.

"Overall, the 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," said MOH. 

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, it added. 

IMPORTED CASES 

The four imported cases involved a Singaporean, a permanent resident and two Philippine work permit holders.

The Singaporean and permanent resident had returned from Indonesia and India respectively, while the work permit holders travelled from the Philippines.

All of them were placed on stay-home notices upon their arrival in Singapore.




The remaining 16 cases involve migrant workers living in dormitories. Ten of them had already been quarantined as they were identified as contacts of previous cases, while six were detected through surveillance testing.​​​​​​​

As there have been no more cases linked to Cochrane Lodge II for the past two incubation periods or 28 days, the cluster is now closed, said the ministry.

Singapore's tally of COVID-19 cases stands at 57,765.

Twenty-two more patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total recoveries to 57,488, said MOH.

There are 41 cases who are still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving.

Another 209 are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Several shopping malls, including AMK Hub, 313@somerset, Orchard Central and Westgate, were among the locations added on Wednesday to the list of public places visited by community cases during their infectious period. 

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SOME EASING OF RESTRICTIONS

Singapore has announced that it will further ease some COVID-19 restrictions.

From Oct 3, up to 100 people can attend worship services and weddings, double the current limit of 50 people.

Live music can also resume at 16 religious organisations, while some places of worship may trial services for up to 250 people.

Audience limits in cinemas will be raised from Thursday. Large cinema halls with more than 300 seats to have up to three zones of a maximum of 50 patrons each.

Other cinema halls will be permitted to increase to 50 per cent of their original operating capacity, or maintain the current limit of up to 50 patrons per hall, subject to COVID-19 safe management measures.

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Source: CNA/dv

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