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11 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore, including 2 imported cases linked to man who travelled to UAE under Business Travel Pass

11 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore, including 2 imported cases linked to man who travelled to UAE under Business Travel Pass

A general view of Changi Airport in Singapore on Oct 12, 2020. (File photo: Reuters/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 11 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Thursday (Nov 12), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said. 

All were imported cases and were placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival in Singapore, said the ministry. Nine of them were asymptomatic while the other two had symptoms.

There were no new cases in the community and in workers' dormitories.

The new infections bring Singapore's tally of COVID-19 cases to 58,102.

IMPORTED CASES

Of the 11 new cases, two are linked to a 47-year-old Singapore permanent resident who had travelled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under a Business Travel Pass and had tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov 7.

The two new cases linked to the 47-year-old are a Singaporean who arrived from the UAE and a dependant's pass holder who arrived from Pakistan.

Three of the imported cases reported on Thursday are permanent residents who returned from Bahrain and India. 

Another four of the imported cases are currently employed in Singapore - two are work pass holders who arrived from Nepal and two are work permit holders who arrived from Indonesia. 

The remaining two cases are short-term visit pass holders who came from Indonesia and Myanmar to visit their family members in Singapore.



MORE PATIENTS DISCHARGED

Twelve more COVID-19 cases were discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 58,002 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged, MOH said.

There are currently 48 COVID-19 patients who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and no one is in the intensive care unit. 

Twenty-four patients are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are patients who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19. 

Singapore's death toll from complications due to COVID-19 remains at 28.

COVID-19 EXPERT COMMITTEE

Also on Thursday, MOH provided more details on the expert committee that will assess the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as give advice on Singapore’s vaccine strategy.

The appointment of the committee, which comprises experts in infectious diseases, immunology and other relevant fields, came into effect on Oct 5.

The members have met regularly since they first convened on Oct 13 to “discuss the profiles of various vaccine candidates, as well as the conditions for their deployment in Singapore’s context”, said the ministry.

“The expert committee will leverage scientific and clinical expertise to assess vaccine candidates, and recommend the appropriate vaccines for use against COVID-19 in Singapore when they become available,” the ministry said on Thursday.

It will also “consider the most up-to-date information and assessment of COVID-19 vaccines, including closely monitoring the global vaccine development landscape and stance of authoritative agencies such as the World Health Organization”.

READ: Expert committee to 'leverage scientific and clinical expertise' to assess COVID-19 vaccines: MOH

SINGAPORE-HONG KONG TRAVEL BUBBLE TO START ON NOV 22

The air travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong will start on Nov 22, with one flight a day into each city with 200 passengers each way, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said on Wednesday.

The flights will be increased to two a day into each city from Dec 7.

Travellers will have no restrictions on their travel purpose and do not have to follow a controlled itinerary. They will have to take COVID-19 tests, but will not be subject to quarantine or stay-home notice if they test negative.

READ: Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble will be suspended if COVID-19 cases spike: Ong Ye Kung

READ: Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble: What you need to know

However, if there is a spike in COVID-19 infection rates in both cities, the travel bubble will be suspended, Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung had said.

Anyone who has remained in Singapore or Hong Kong in the last 14 consecutive days prior to travelling is eligible to travel, except holders of work permits or S Passes in the construction, marine shipyard or process sectors in Singapore.

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Source: CNA/lk

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