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22 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

22 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

People in protective face masks at Changi Airport on Dec 8, 2020. (File photo: Calvin Oh)

SINGAPORE: There were 22 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of noon on Thursday (Feb 4), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

All the new cases were imported and had been placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Three cases were symptomatic.

In addition, an unlinked community case reported on Wednesday, known as Case 59935, has been reclassified as an imported case.

The woman's serology test has come back positive, indicating a likely past infection, said the ministry.

The woman, a 35-year-old long-term visit pass holder, tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks after her stay-home notice ended following a trip to India.

Her swab test done on Jan 17 during her stay-home notice was negative for COVID-19, and she completed her stay at a dedicated facility on Jan 20. 

Her infection was detected when she took a pre-departure COVID-19 test on Tuesday in preparation for another trip to India. 

"Given her serology status and recent travel history to India from Nov 30, 2020 to Jan 6, we have re-classified this case as imported," said MOH on Thursday.

IMPORTED CASES

Among Thursday's imported cases are three Singapore citizens and two permanent residents who returned from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

There are also two dependant's pass holders who arrived from Germany and Japan.

Four work pass holders who arrived from Indonesia, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates are also among the imported cases.

Another eight cases are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia. Six of them are foreign domestic workers.

The remaining three cases are short-term visit pass holders who arrived from Indonesia. One of them came to Singapore for a job placement, while the other two came to visit family members who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents.

GOLDEN VILLAGE YISHUN, SUN PLAZA VISITED BY COVID-19 CASES

Four locations were added to the ministry's list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period. They are: Sun Plaza, Golden Village Yishun, Northpoint City and Shivam Restaurant​​​​​​​.

MOH also said on Thursday that 28 more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total to 59,348.

There are 38 patients currently in hospital, with none in the intensive care unit.

Another 209 cases are isolated at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from one case in the week before to three cases in the past week, said MOH.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from zero 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 199 confirmed cases reported from Jan 29 to Feb 4, a total of 112 cases have tested positive for their serology tests. Thirty-five have tested negative, and 52 serology test results are pending.

As of Thursday, Singapore has reported a total of 59,624 COVID-19 cases, with 29 fatalities.



SINGAPORE AUTHORISES SECOND COVID-19 VACCINE

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has granted interim authorisation for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine to be used in Singapore for people aged 18 years and above.

"HSA's review of the available clinical data found that the benefits of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the known risks," the authority said on Wednesday.

"The vaccine demonstrated a high vaccine efficacy of 94 per cent."

The first shipment is expected to arrive around March, said MOH.

Moderna's vaccine is the second COVID-19 vaccine to be authorised for use in Singapore, after the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

READ: 34 Chinatown visitors fined for not wearing masks, gathering in groups of more than 8

ADDITIONAL TESTING MEASURES FOR NEWLY ARRIVED FOREIGN WORKERS

MOM on Wednesday also announced the extension of the post-stay-home notice seven-day testing programme to newly arrived work permit and S Pass workers in the construction, marine and process sectors from higher-risk countries and regions.

Previously, only those headed to dormitories would be subject to the additional tests.

The ministry said these additional measures are necessary to “to further reduce the risk of transmission from newly arrived migrant workers into the workplace”.

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Source: CNA/vc

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