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25 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

25 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

People are seen at Changi Airport in Singapore on Mar 15, 2021. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Twenty-five new COVID-19 cases were reported in Singapore as of noon on Monday (Apr 12), all imported infections.

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

No new infections were reported in the community or migrant workers' dormitories.

Among the imported cases, five Singaporeans and two permanent residents returned from Canada, India, Indonesia and the UK.

Four of the imported infections are work pass holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

Another 11 imported cases are work permit holders who travelled from Bangladesh, India and the Philippines.

The remaining three cases are short-term visit pass holders, including a man who arrived from the US for a work project in Singapore. The other two travelled from India to visit their family members who are Singapore permanent residents.

The number of new cases in the community has remained stable at two cases a week in the past two weeks, said MOH, adding that unlinked cases have also remained stable at two cases a week in the last two weeks.

Among the 183 confirmed cases reported from Apr 6 to 12, 75 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 85 have tested negative, while 23 serology test results are pending, the ministry said. 

MOH said 22 more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities said. In all, 60,357 have fully recovered from the infection.

A total of 56 confirmed cases are still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving, with one patient in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Another 235 cases are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These patients have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.

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A dormitory resident who had been vaccinated against COVID-19 was among the new infections reported in Singapore on Sunday. 

He was the first dormitory resident to test positive for the virus in six weeks.

The 23-year-old work permit holder from India is employed by Seafront Support Company and lives in a dormitory at Brani Terminal Avenue.

The man, who is asymptomatic, received his first COVID-19 vaccine dose on Jan 25 and a second on Feb 17. 

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His infection was detected after he was tested on Apr 7 as part of rostered routine testing.

"This likely accounts for his lack of symptoms, and positive serology test as he has produced antibodies following the vaccination," said the health ministry.

MOH added that this case is a reminder that it is possible for vaccinated individuals to get infected, but that the vaccine is effective in “preventing symptomatic disease for the vast majority of those vaccinated”.

As of Monday, Singapore has reported a total of 60,678 COVID-19 cases and 30 fatalities.

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Source: CNA/zl


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