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13 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

13 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

Visitors walk through Changi Airport Terminal 1 in Singapore on Dec 7, 2020. (File photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 13 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (Mar 7), all of them imported.

All 13 cases were placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its preliminary daily update.

No new locally transmitted infections were reported in the community or in migrant worker dormitories.

Of the 13 cases, 12 are asymptomatic.

The lone symptomatic case is a 34-year-old work permit holder from India. The date of onset of her symptoms was Mar 5, and she was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection the next day.

Of the ten work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines - seven are foreign domestic workers.

One case is a student's pass holder who arrived from Sri Lanka, and two are short-term visit pass holders from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Fifteen more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total number of recoveries to 59,894.

There are currently 24 patients who are still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving. One case is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Another 86 cases who have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive for the virus are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

More than 350,000 Singapore residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday, including about 80 per cent of healthcare workers, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Friday.

A total of 215,000 Singaporeans have received their second doses, Mr Gan told Parliament during the Health Ministry's Committee of Supply debate.

He also added that more than 40,000 seniors aged 70 and above have received their first dose of the vaccine as of Thursday. The vaccination programme will be rolled out soon to seniors aged 60 and above, he said.

As of Sunday, Singapore has reported a total of 60,033 COVID-19 cases. 

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Source: CNA/jt(dv)


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