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13 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

13 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

People in protective face masks are seen at Changi Airport Terminal 3. (Photo: Calvin Oh)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 13 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Monday (Mar 8), all imported infections.

The 13 cases were placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its preliminary daily update.

No new locally transmitted infections were reported in the community or in migrant worker dormitories. 

Of the 13 cases, 12 are asymptomatic.

The lone symptomatic case is a 38-year-old man from Malaysia. The date of onset of his symptoms was Mar 1, and he was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection through a serological test on Mar 8.

There are two permanent residents who returned from India and Malaysia. They are men aged 29 and 38 respectively.

Two of the 13 imported cases hold a dependant's pass and a long-term visit pass, and had arrived from India.

Another case is a work pass holder arriving from the Philippines.

Of the seven work permit holders who arrived from India, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines - five are foreign domestic workers.

There is also a short-term visit pass holder who arrived from India to visit her relative, a Singapore permanent resident.



Six more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total number of recoveries to 59,900.

There are currently 21 patients who are still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving. One case is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Another 96 cases who have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive for the virus are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

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Singapore will bring forward the COVID-19 vaccination for people aged 60 to 69, with those in this age group to receive letters inviting them to register their appointments in the next few days, said MOH in a separate media release on Monday. 

"As more vaccine supplies have arrived, we are able to bring forward the vaccination for seniors aged 60 to 69 years," said the ministry.

MOH announced last month that people in this age group would start their vaccinations from around the end of March.

The ministry also said it would continue to progressively extend the vaccination to higher risk groups and essential frontline workers of critical importance to Singapore, including those who could pose risks to the community at large if they are infected.

These include postmen and delivery staff, as well as news reporters, and bank operation staff engaged in critical banking and financial systems operations.

Vaccinations will also be progressively offered to those who work in hawker centres and markets, the food delivery industry, educators and staff members who come into prolonged contact with children and youth.

READ: More than 150,000 workers in education sector to be offered COVID-19 vaccine from Mar 10

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Singapore will also start vaccinating migrant workers, starting with 10,000 people living in the country's five largest dormitories.

Selected cargo drivers and accompanying personnel who enter Singapore from Malaysia on a regular basis will also be offered the jabs later this month, said MOH.

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Singapore began its COVID-19 vaccination exercise on Dec 30, with healthcare workers at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases the first to get the shots.  

About 379,000 people have since received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Sunday, said MOH.

Of these, more than 217,000 have received their second dose and completed the full vaccination regime.

As of Monday, Singapore has reported a total of 60,046 COVID-19 cases. 

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Source: CNA/dv

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