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17 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

17 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

People sit and wait at arrival hall of Changi International Airport terminal in Singapore on Dec 7, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: A total of 17 new COVID-19 infections were reported in Singapore as of noon on Sunday (Mar 14), all imported cases.

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

No new cases were reported in the community and in migrant workers' dormitories.

Among the new infections, eight are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and the Philippines, of whom one is a foreign domestic worker. 

Four are dependant's pass holders who arrived from France, India and Nepal.

Two are short-term visit pass holders - one arrived from the Philippines to visit her Singaporean relatives and the other travelled from India to visit his family member who works here.

The remaining three cases involve a work pass holder who arrived from Nepal, as well as a long-term visit pass holder and a student's pass holder who both arrived from India. 

Seven more people have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the number of cases who have fully recovered from COVID-19 to 59,968. 

There are 17 cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit, MOH said. 

Ninety people are isolated and cared for in community facilities. These are people who have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19. 

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Singapore has had 30 fatalities from COVID-19, after it was reported on Saturday that a 61-year-old man died from complications due to the coronavirus.

The Singaporean, known as Case 59858, had a history of hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and gout, added the ministry. He is the country's first COVID-19 fatality in more than three months.

The man had been in the United Arab Emirates for work and returned to Singapore on Jan 30. He developed a cough just before departing the UAE and shortness of breath on the same day and tested positive for COVID-19 upon his arrival in Singapore.

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As more countries ramp up vaccination drives against COVID-19 infections, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he hoped Singapore would start reopening its borders by the end of the year.

"I hope if that many countries can have substantial proportions of their populations vaccinated by later this year, we will be able to have the confidence and to have developed the systems to open up our international borders to travel safely again," Mr Lee said in an interview with BBC that aired on Sunday.

"Hopefully by the end of this year or next year, the doors can start to open, if not earlier," he said.

Singapore also confirmed on Sunday that it is in talks with Australia on a possible travel bubble that will allow residents to travel between both countries without having to quarantine.

As of Sunday, Singapore has reported a total of 60,105 COVID-19 cases.

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Source: CNA/cy/vc


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