SINGAPORE: Nine new COVID-19 infections were reported in Singapore as of noon on Wednesday (Mar 17), all imported cases.
They were placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
No new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections were reported for a fifth consecutive day.
Among the nine cases, one is a Singaporean who returned from Indonesia.
One is a work pass holder who arrived from Nepal.
The remaining seven are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, of whom three are foreign domestic workers.
A total of 17 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total number who have fully recovered from the infection to 60,001.
There are currently 19 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit.
Another 87 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.
MORE VACCINATION CENTRES
Seven more COVID-19 vaccination centres will be set up across the country, of which four will offer Moderna's vaccine, said the ministry on Tuesday.
The seven centres, located at Bukit Batok, Bukit Merah, Jurong West, Punggol, Sengkang, Tampines and Woodlands, will progressively start operations from Wednesday.
By mid-April there will be a total of 40 vaccination centres islandwide, in addition to the 20 polyclinics and 22 Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs) that are also offering COVID-19 vaccines.
The four vaccination centres administering Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine are Hong Kah North, Marsiling, Punggol 21 and Radis Mas community clubs, said MOH.
MOH said it has received appeals from members of the public who wish to receive their vaccination early for a "variety of personal reasons".
"While our focus has been to vaccinate identified priority groups on public health considerations, as more vaccine supplies arrive, we will consider allowing Singapore citizens and permanent residents with very exceptional circumstances to receive their vaccination earlier," it said.
These include people who have an “urgent need” to travel overseas to take up or complete a formal education or vocational programme, or to be based overseas for work, and where remote learning or working is not an option.
Those who wish to travel overseas to visit or care for an immediate family member who is critically ill, or to seek “medically necessary treatment that cannot be reasonably received in Singapore”, will also be considered for early vaccination.
As of Wednesday, Singapore has reported a total of 60,137 COVID-19 cases and 30 fatalities.