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6 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; cruise passenger tests negative for third time

6 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; cruise passenger tests negative for third time

An ambulance and a man in personal protective equipment were seen next to the Royal Caribbean ship at Marina Bay Cruise Centre on Dec 9, 2020. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Six new COVID-19 cases were reported in Singapore as of noon on Thursday (Dec 10), all imported infections. 

There were no new cases in the community and in migrant workers’ dormitories.

The elderly cruise passenger who previously tested positive on board Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas was not added to the case count, as further tests confirmed he does not have the coronavirus. 

A sample taken from the 83-year-old Singaporean man on Thursday morning came back negative for COVID-19, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

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This follows two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests conducted on Wednesday by the National Public Health Laboratory. One was a re-test of his original sample, and the other on a fresh sample taken on Wednesday, both of which had also come back negative. 

“We have rescinded the quarantine orders of his close contacts, who had earlier been placed on quarantine as a precautionary measure while investigations were ongoing. MOH will support the laboratory on board the Quantum of the Seas in its review of its testing processes,” said the health ministry. 


Among the six new imported cases, four are Singaporeans who returned from Indonesia, the United States and the United Kingdom. 

One is a Singapore permanent resident who arrived from Pakistan, while the remaining case is a dependant’s pass holder who travelled from Russia.

All the imported cases were placed on stay-home notice upon arrival.

Six more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total recoveries to 58,188, said MOH.

There are 20 cases still in hospital. Most are stable or improving, and no one is in the intensive care unit.

There are 60 cases being 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.

As of Thursday, Singapore has reported a total of 58,297 COVID-19 cases and 29 fatalities. 

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Source: CNA/zl


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