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12 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

12 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 12 new COVID-19 cases, all imported, as of noon on Monday (Mar 22). 

No new cases were found in the community and in foreign workers' dormitories for the 10th straight day.

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

The new cases include a dependant's pass holder and two work pass holders who arrived from India. There were also six work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh and India. 

The remaining three cases are short-term visit pass holders who arrived from India and Indonesia to visit their family members who are Singaporeans or permanent residents. 


MOH said the number of new cases in the community has decreased from two cases in the week before to none in the past week. 

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

READ: About 6,900 appeals made by Singapore residents for early COVID-19 vaccination: MOH 

Among the 91 confirmed cases reported from Mar 16 to Mar 22, a total of 31 cases have tested positive for their serology tests while 43 have tested negative. A further 17 serology test results are pending.

Thirteen more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore's total recoveries to 60,051.

There are 21 cases still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. Another 106 are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.

On Saturday, Indonesian tourism and creative economy minister Sandiaga Uno said preparations can begin for a “safe travel corridor” between Singapore, Batam and Bintan.

In a meeting with officials in Batam, Mr Uno proposed that the travel corridor begin on Apr 21, especially for Nongsa in Batam and Lagoi in Bintan which, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, were destinations frequented by Singapore residents.

READ: Indonesian tourism minister says preparations can begin for 'safe travel corridor' between Singapore, Batam and Bintan 

Mr Uno said there is a direct route that connects Singapore’s ferry terminal with Nongsapura ferry terminal in Batam as well as Bandar Bintan Telani ferry terminal in Bintan.

Foreign tourists who want to enter the two areas are expected to have a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result and will have to take a COVID-19 breath test detector, known locally as GeNose, upon arrival.

CNA has sought comment from Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As of Monday, Singapore has reported a total of 60,208 COVID-19 cases and 30 fatalities from the disease. 

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Source: CNA/lk/vc/zl


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