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12 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

12 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

Changi Airport staff members wearing personal protective equipment prepare to check in travellers at Terminal 1. (File photo: Calvin Oh)

SINGAPORE: Twelve new COVID-19 cases were reported in Singapore as of noon on Wednesday (Dec 16), said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily preliminary update. 

All 12 cases were imported and were placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival in Singapore, the ministry said. 

No new cases were found in the community and in foreign workers' dormitories.

Two Singaporeans returning from Indonesia and Australia were among the 12 imported cases, as well as two permanent residents returning from the Philippines and India.

One case was a short-term visit pass holder who arrived from the United States to visit his Singaporean spouse.

Four more cases were work permit holders currently employed in Singapore who had travelled from India, Myanmar and Indonesia.

Two dependant's pass holders and a long-term visit pass holder arriving from the UAE and India were also among the infections. 

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Five more cases have been discharged, bringing the total number who have fully recovered from the infection and been discharged to 58,238.

There are 25 cases currently in hospital. Most are stable or improving, with none in the intensive care unit.

A total of 61 cases are being cared for at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.



SEGREGATED TRAVEL LANE FOR BUSINESS TRAVELLERS

Singapore will launch a new segregated travel lane aimed at business travellers on short-term stays, with the first travellers to arrive from the second half of January, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing announced on Tuesday.

The travel lane, or the Connect@Singapore initiative, will be opened to a “limited number” of business, official and high economic value travellers from all countries who are staying in Singapore for up to 14 days.

Applications for the segregated travel lane will open in the middle of January 2021, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said on Tuesday.

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For their whole stay, travellers under the segregated travel lane will be housed within dedicated facilities, undergo regular testing and observe all prevailing safe management measures, said MTI.

The travellers will have to stay within their pre-declared travel group of up to five travellers within the segregated facility and are not allowed to mingle with other travellers. They will also have to abide by all prevailing national safe management measures, and use TraceTogether and SafeEntry. 

As of Wednesday, Singapore has reported a total of 58,353 COVID-19 cases.

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Source: CNA/zl

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