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29 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

29 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

Changi Airport staff members wearing personal protective equipment assist travellers at the check-in counters. (File photo: Calvin Oh)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 29 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Monday (Feb 1).

All new infections were imported and were placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

No locally transmitted cases were reported in the community or in foreign worker dormitories.

IMPORTED CASES

Of the new cases on Monday, 26 were asymptomatic, with the other three showing symptoms.

Two of the imported cases are Singaporeans and three are permanent residents who returned from India and the United Arab Emirates.

Another three cases are dependant's pass holders who also arrived from India and the UAE.

Two cases are long-term visit pass holders and another four are work pass holders who arrived from India. 

Ten of the imported cases are work permit holders who arrived from India, Indonesia and Myanmar, of whom six are domestic foreign workers. 

The remaining five cases are short-term visit pass holders: A 46-year-old man who arrived from Italy for a work project in Singapore; a man who arrived from India for studies in Singapore; and three cases who arrived from India and Indonesia to visit family members who are Singaporeans or permanent residents.

ANOTHER 43 CASES DISCHARGED

Forty-three more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 59,271 people have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged.

There are currently 45 cases still in hospital. Most are stable or improving, and no one in the intensive care unit, said MOH.

Another 220 patients are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are people who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19. 

As of Monday, Singapore has reported a total of 59,565 COVID-19 cases, with 29 fatalities. 

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 13 cases in the week before to three cases in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also fallen from three cases in the week before to two cases in the past week.

"We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme," said MOH.

Among the 213 confirmed cases reported from Jan 26 to Feb 1, 116 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, while 32 have tested negative, and 65 serology test results are pending, added the ministry.



SUSPENSION OF SOME GREEN LANE ARRANGEMENTS

Singapore's suspension of its reciprocal green lane (RGL) arrangements with Germany, Malaysia and South Korea took effect on Monday. 

The RGL plans with these countries have been suspended for three months due to the "resurgence of COVID-19 cases worldwide" and will be reviewed after the suspension period is over. 

READ: Singapore to suspend reciprocal green lane arrangements with Malaysia, Germany and South Korea for 3 months

Singapore still has ongoing RGL schemes with Brunei and selected cities in mainland China - Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin and Zhejiang. 

The RGL arrangement allows residents of countries in the scheme to conduct short-term travel for essential business and official purposes in Singapore for up to 14 days.

Travellers must test negative for COVID-19 before they travel and undergo another test on arrival. They must remain isolated until test results are released and are required to follow a controlled itinerary for the duration of their stay.

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Source: CNA/vc/lk

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