SINGAPORE: Singapore reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Saturday (Oct 10), including one in the community.
The new infections take the total number of cases in the country to 57,866.
The one community case reported on Saturday is a family member of previously confirmed cases, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its evening update.
The 41-year-old man, who is a Singapore permanent resident, was identified as a contact of two previous cases and had been placed on quarantine earlier.
The two cases (cases 57890 and 57945) had arrived from Indonesia on Sep 25 and had been granted permission to serve their stay-home notice at home as one of them is a two-month old infant, said the ministry.
"As a precautionary measure, (the man) case 58015 was placed on stay-home notice as well due to his exposure to them, even though he had not travelled with his family," said MOH.
He has not left his place of residence since. The man later developed symptoms during quarantine and was tested positive for COVID-19.
There is also one case residing in a dormitory.
The case was detected through MOH's bi-weekly rostered routine testing of workers living in dormitories.
"This allows us to pick up cases early, including asymptomatic ones, so that we are able to ring-fence them quickly to prevent further transmission, by aggressively containing, tracing and isolating the close contacts," said MOH.
ONE SINGAPOREAN AMONG IMPORTED CASES
In addition, there are five imported cases, all of whom were placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore.
A 26-year-old Singaporean man who returned from Qatar was among the imported cases reported on Saturday. A 50-year-old woman, a Singapore permanent resident, was also among the imported cases and had returned from Belarus.
Another case is a work pass holder who is currently employed in Singapore and had returned from France.
The remaining two cases are sea crew who arrived in Singapore from the Philippines to board a ship that was docked here.
They were taken directly from the airport to the ship in a dedicated vehicle upon arrival in Singapore and had not left the ship subsequently.
All five cases were tested while serving their stay-home notice even though they were all asymptomatic, said MOH.
Epidemiological investigations are in progress.
In the meantime, all identified close contacts of the cases were isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that asymptomatic cases can be detected, said the ministry.
Serological tests for the close contacts of the confirmed cases will also be conducted to determine if the cases were infected by them.
Twenty-three more COVID-19 cases were discharged from hospitals or community facilities. A total of 57,698 cases have fully recovered and were discharged.
There are 40 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving.
One is in critical condition in the intensive care unit while 101 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.
Twenty-seven have died from complications due to COVID-19 infection.
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