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7 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

7 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

Airport workers walk along the transit area at Singapore Changi Airport on Jun 8, 2020. (File photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported seven new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Thursday (Oct 29), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily preliminary update.

All the new infections are imported cases. All seven were placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore, said the health ministry. 

MOH added that there were no new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. 

This takes the total number of cases in Singapore to 57,994.

IMPORTED CASES

Two of the imported cases are Singaporeans who returned from India, a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman.

Three other cases are work permit holders employed in Singapore who had travelled from Indonesia and the Philippines.

The imported cases also include a 33-year-old woman who holds a dependant's pass who travelled from Switzerland.

The remaining case is a 52-year-old man with a special pass who arrived from the Philippines to board a ship docked here as a crew member.

All of the imported COVID-19 cases reported on Thursday are asymptomatic.

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The COVID-19 clusters at Avery Lodge Dormitory and Jurong Penjuru Dormitory 2 have been closed as there have been no more cases linked to them for the past 28 days.

Nine more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 57,899 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 37 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none are in the intensive care unit.

Thirty 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.

A total of 28 people have died in Singapore from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

Overall, the number of new, as well as unlinked, cases in the community has increased from two and one case respectively in the week before, to three in the past week.



2 CORNERMEN IN UPCOMING ONE CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT TEST POSITIVE

Separately, two cornermen slated to be part of mixed martial arts promotion firm ONE Championship's live sporting event on Friday tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Both men had tested negative for COVID-19 before flying into Singapore from the US and Russia, and tested negative for the coronavirus upon their arrival as well.

However, they tested positive on Tuesday and serological tests the following day came back positive for both men.

The Ministry of Health "has determined that these are past infection cases, following epidemiological investigations", said ONE Championship and the Singapore Tourism Board.

RECREATION CENTRES OPEN TO MIGRANT WORKERS WHO TEST NEGATIVE 

All foreign worker dormitory residents who test negative for COVID-19 will be able to visit recreation centres on their days off from Saturday. They must come from a dormitory that has no active COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Manpower said on Wednesday. 

This comes after more than two months of trials when around 30,000 workers from about 300 dormitories were allowed to visit recreation centres on their rest days.  

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At these centres, they will be able to shop for groceries, remit money, get a haircut and dine with their friends. Safe distancing officers will be at the centres to make sure workers adhere to COVID-19 safety measures. 

To visit their dormitory’s assigned recreation centre, workers will have to apply for an exit pass via the SGWorkPass mobile application and can do so seven days in advance. They must pre-book time slots to prevent overcrowding. 

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Source: CNA/zl

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