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Singapore reports 48 new COVID-19 cases, including 5 imported infections

Singapore reports 48 new COVID-19 cases, including 5 imported infections

Pedestrians wearing face masks at a busy street in Singapore's Orchard Road shopping district on Sep 4, 2020. (Photo: Marcus Mark Ramos)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 48 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Monday (Sep 14), including five imported infections.

This takes Singapore's tally of cases to 57,454. 

Forty-seven of the new cases were asymptomatic and were detected from screening and surveillance, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Four of the imported cases - a Singapore permanent resident, a work pass holder, a work permit holder and a short-term visit pass holder - had arrived from India.  

The short-term visit pass holder's parent is Singaporean, said MOH. The 32-year-old man experienced an onset of symptoms on Sep 11 and was confirmed to have the coronavirus on Sep 12. He is also a contact of two previous cases. 

The fifth imported case, a short-term visit pass holder, is a technician who arrived from the United States on Sep 1 on a work project.

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All five imported cases had been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore, said MOH.

No new community cases were reported on Monday.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of two cases per day in the week before, to an average of one per day in the past week.

MOH said 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. 

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Among the 43 cases living in migrant worker dormitories, 29 had already been quarantined as they were identified as contacts of previous cases.

The remaining 14 cases were detected through surveillance testing, such as through MOH's bi-weekly rostered routine testing of workers living in dormitories. 

Two new dormitory clusters have been identified - at Jurong Penjuru Dormitory 1 and Jurong Penjuru Dormitory 2.

Thirty-one more cases have been linked to the cluster at Avery Lodge Dormitory, which has a total of 100 confirmed cases. 

Of the new cases reported on Monday, 96 per cent are imported or linked to known cases or clusters while the rest are pending contact tracing. Further details can be found in MOH's daily situation report

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

In its daily update, MOH said 38 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore's total recoveries to 56,802.

There are 53 cases still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving. Another 572 are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Several new locations were added to the list of places visited by COVID-19 community cases during their infections period. These places include eateries such as Shake Shack at Liat Towers, Han's at Waterway Point and 4Fingers Crispy Chicken at Singapore Changi Airport. 

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Singapore currently has cross-border travel arrangements with China, Malaysia, Brunei, South Korea and Japan.

Malaysia on Friday said it is looking into fully reopening the Malaysia-Singapore border for daily commuting.

Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said last month that as part of efforts to revive the country's air hub, Singapore may have to consider replacing the two-week isolation period for the overwhelming majority of travellers with a "rigorous testing regime".

But while rigorous COVID-19 testing and shortened stay-home notices could help revive mass travel, experts say it is unlikely to be an easy process.

As of 8am on Sep 12, a total of 162,668 stay-home notices have been issued by ICA, of which more than 14,000 are currently in force, said the authority.

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Source: CNA/jt/zl


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