SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 86 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Friday (Sep 11), with no community infections, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
This takes Singapore's tally of cases to 57,315.
The health ministry earlier reported 87 new cases but updated the figure in its evening update. MOH said an imported case was removed following investigations.
The ministry said the woman presented medical records documenting that she had earlier recovered from COVID-19 and is no longer infectious.
Of the new cases on Friday, 85 were asymptomatic and were detected from screening and surveillance.
Seventy-three of these cases live in migrant worker dormitories. A total of 34 of these cases had been identified earlier as contacts of previous cases, and had already been quarantined to prevent further transmission.
The remaining 39 cases were detected through surveillance testing, such as through bi-weekly rostered routine testing of workers living in dormitories.
Among the new dormitory cases, 33 are from Avery Lodge Dormitory. The cluster at 2D Jalan Papan now has a total of 68 confirmed cases.
MOH said the majority of the new cases had been placed on quarantine earlier while the remaining infections were detected through surveillance testing. Serological test results for 38 cases have also come back positive so far, indicating likely past infections.
A new cluster was also identified at SCM Tuas Lodge. The dormitory cluster at 80 Tuas South Boulevard currently has a total of five cases.
There were also 13 imported cases, who had all been placed on stay-home notice when they arrived in Singapore.
Three of these cases are Singaporeans who returned from Egypt, India and the Philippines. Seven other cases are permanent residents who returned from India. They had all returned to Singapore between Aug 27 and Aug 30 and were confirmed to have the coronavirus on Sep 10 and Sep 11.
Another two cases are dependant’s pass holders who arrived from India and the United States on Aug 30. The remaining case is a student’s pass holder who arrived from India on Aug 30.
There were no new community cases reported on Friday.
MOH said the overall number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of three cases per day in the week before, to an average of two per day in the past week.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of two cases per day in the week before, to an average of one per day in the past week.
On Friday, Singapore and Japan announced that both countries will launch a "reciprocal green lane" to facilitate essential business and official travel for residents on Sep 18.
"The business track will allow the safe resumption of cross-border travel and business exchanges with the necessary public health safeguards in place," said the joint statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
These safeguards include pre-departure and post-arrival testing as well as the need to adhere to a controlled itinerary for the first 14 days in the receiving country.
This is the first such framework that Japan will implement with another country, and will help restore connectivity and support economic recovery for Japan and Singapore, said MFA.
The Singapore Consulate-General in Hong Kong on Thursday said in a statement Singapore welcomes discussions with Hong Kong on the gradual resumption of cross-border travel between both sides, with safeguards in place.
“The resumption of safe cross-border travel between Singapore and Hong Kong will benefit both cities, given our strong business and people-to-people links,” said the Consulate-General, noting that Singapore has brought its COVID-19 situation under control.
“We have one of the lowest COVID-19 fatality rates in the world, and see only a handful of new cases in our community per day. This has given us the confidence to reopen our economy, gradually and carefully,” it added.