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Singapore reports 91 new COVID-19 cases, including 6 imported and none in the community

Singapore reports 91 new COVID-19 cases, including 6 imported and none in the community

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a protective face mask crosses a street, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore May 15, 2020. (REUTERS/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 91 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Monday (Aug 17), including six imported infections, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

There were no new cases in the community.  

Three of the imported cases, involving two Singaporeans and a permanent resident, had returned from India. 

The other three, who are work pass and work permit holders, had travelled from India, Indonesia and the United States.

All six imported cases were placed on stay-home notices when they arrived in Singapore, said MOH.

The remaining 85 new cases are work permit holders under quarantine in dormitories. 



Singapore's tally of COVID-19 cases now stands at 55,838, with fatalities remaining at 27.  

A total of 397 more patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 52,350 have fully recovered, said MOH.

There are currently 82 cases who are still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and no one is in the intensive care unit. 

A total of 3,379 cases are being isolated and cared for at community facilities, MOH added.

THREE MORE CLUSTERS CLOSED

Three more COVID-19 clusters have closed, said MOH. They are migrant worker dormitories at 9 Kian Teck Drive, 3 Senoko Link and 16 Tuas Avenue 3.

There are currently about 18,600 workers who are still serving out their quarantine period.

They will be tested when their quarantine ends, said MOH, adding that it expects the case counts to remain high in the coming days, before tapering down thereafter.

MAP: All the places that COVID-19 community cases visited while they were infectious

As for new community cases, the number has "remained stable" at an average of two cases per day in the past two weeks, said MOH. 

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also remained stable at an average of one case per day in the past two weeks.

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

MORE COVID-19 MEASURES TO HELP WORKERS, BUSINESSES: HENG SWEE KEAT

On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced further measures totaling S$8 billion to help workers and businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

These include a seven-month extension of wage subsidies under the Jobs Support Scheme and a new initiative to bolster hiring in still-growing sectors.

READ: Extension of Jobs Support Scheme among S$8 billion worth of measures announced by Heng Swee Keat

With some of the existing support measures ending soon, it is “timely” to advance strategies in three areas, said Mr Heng, who is also Finance Minister.

This means continuing support for jobs and creating new ones, providing further support for sectors which are hit the hardest, as well as positioning Singapore to seize growth opportunities in a post-COVID-19 world.

As such, the Government will pump in additional funding to help the aerospace, aviation and tourism industries - three of the hardest-hit sectors - Mr Heng said.

READ: Extra stimulus for aerospace, aviation and tourism sectors; Singaporeans to get S$320m worth of local tourism credits

These sectors need to be supported as they are key drivers of the economy and multipliers for other sectors in Singapore, said the minister.

Mr Heng added the country’s COVID-19 situation was “now under control”, with the multi-ministry task force working towards resuming more activities in a safe and sustainable manner.

However the global economy remains “very weak”, he said, with much depending on how well countries contain the spread of the virus.

“We must continue to be vigilant. Safe management measures and restrictions on international travel will be with us for some time,” he added.

REOPENING OF SINGAPORE-MALAYSIA LAND BORDERS FOR TRAVELLERS

On Monday, things were generally smooth on the first day of the implementation for the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) at the Singapore-Malaysia border, said travellers that CNA spoke to.

According to the Star, Johor Immigration director Baharuddin Tahir was quoted as saying on Monday that applications to travel from Aug 17 until Aug 21 under both the RGL and PCA were fully booked. 

He added that Malaysian authorities would allow 2,000 people to travel via the PCA and 60 people via the RGL daily. He also reportedly said that as of 10am, around 300 people had crossed the Malaysia-Singapore border in both directions.

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Source: CNA/kv
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