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26 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

26 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

People wearing protective face masks at Changi Airport Terminal 3. (Photo: Calvin Oh)

SINGAPORE: Twenty-six new COVID-19 cases were reported in Singapore as of noon on Thursday (Apr 1), all imported infections.

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

No new locally transmitted cases were reported.

3 SINGAPOREANS AMONG IMPORTED CASES

Of the 26 imported cases, three are Singaporeans who had returned from Indonesia, Yemen and India. One case is a Singaporean permanent resident who had returned from Belgium.

Seventeen cases are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and UAE, of whom three are foreign domestic workers.

Two cases are student's pass holders who arrived from India, and one is a work pass holder who had arrived from Japan.

The remaining two cases are short-term visit pass holders who arrived from Indonesia and India to visit their family members, who are Singaporeans.




​​​​​​​NEW LOCATIONS

Several locations were also added to a list of places visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period.

They include PURE Fitness at Ngee Ann City and Japanese restaurant AKASHI at Paragon across multiple instances.

Other eateries visited include Chang Korean BBQ in the Dempsey area, Tangles at Tanglin Club, PAUL at Ngee Ann City, and Sushi Tei at Raffles City Shopping Centre.

Cherry Discotheque at 133 Cecil Street and a beauty salon, Facial Body Care, at The Adelphi were also added to the list.

READ: PURE Fitness at Ngee Ann City, Orchard Road restaurants visited by COVID-19 cases during infectious period 

Twelve more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore's total recoveries to 60,161.

There are 38 cases still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and one is in the intensive care unit. Another 178 are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.

INCREASED CAPACITY FOR SOLEMNISATIONS, FUNERALS

Wedding solemnisations and funerals at places of worship will have attendance capacities increased starting Apr 24, said the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) on Wednesday.

Up to 250 people will be allowed to attend marriage solemnisations - an increase from the previous 100 limit - if the wedding couple undergoes pre-event testing, MCCY said.

The attendance cap for funerals and wakes will also be increased from the current 30 to 50 attendees at any given time. However, this will only apply on the day of the burial or cremation, said the ministry.

READ: Congregants allowed to sing with masks on at worship services from Apr 5

Singing will also be allowed to resume during worship services from Apr 5, said MCCY, adding that congregants will have to keep their masks on at all times while singing.

The duration of the singing must also be capped at 30 minutes in a single worship service.

Religious organisations are also encouraged to implement a distance of 2m between groups of up to eight worshippers if they are singing, said MCCY.

As of Thursday, Singapore has reported a total of 60,407 COVID-19 cases. 

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Source: CNA/lk/zl

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