SINGAPORE: There were 12 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of noon on Monday (Mar 1), said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
All the new cases were imported and had been placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival in Singapore. There are no new locally-transmitted COVID-19 infections.
A permanent resident who arrived from India is the sole symptomatic COVID-19 case reported on Monday. The 46-year-old man experienced symptoms on Feb 28 and was confirmed to have the coronavirus on the same day.
The other imported cases include two work pass holders who arrived from Myanmar and the Philippines.
There are also nine work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar. Three of them are foreign domestic workers.
INCREASE IN NEW COMMUNITY CASES
MOH said the overall number of new cases in the community has increased from two cases in the week before to three cases in the past week.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from one case in the week before to two cases in the past week.
Among the 69 confirmed cases reported from Feb 23 to Mar 1, a total of 32 cases have tested positive for their serology tests. A further 25 have tested negative while the serology test results for another 12 people are pending.
The health ministry also said seven more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore's total recoveries to 59,830.
There are 20 cases still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and one is in the intensive care unit. Another 69 are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.
FOURTH NATIONAL MASK DISTRIBUTION BEGINS
A fourth national mask distribution by Temasek Foundation kicked off at 10am on Monday and will last for the next two weeks.
Every Singapore resident can collect a reusable mask at community centres or clubs, residents' committees as well as a number of bus interchanges and malls among other places.
The mask - produced by Swiss firm Livinguard - is washable up to 30 times and can be washed once a week, said Temasek Foundation in a Feb 24 Facebook post.
In its second such initiative, Temasek Foundation will also distribute 500ml of alcohol-free hand sanitiser to each household from mid-April.
As of Monday, Singapore has reported a total of 59,948 COVID-19 cases.