SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 12 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Friday (Nov 13), said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
All the new cases were imported and had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore.
Eleven were asymptomatic while one was symptomatic, said MOH. The imported cases had travelled from 10 different countries.
Among them is a 19-year-old Singaporean who returned from France and two permanent residents who returned from the United States and India.
Another five are currently employed in Singapore. Of these, three are work pass holders who arrived from United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the United Kingdom. Two other cares are work permit holders who arrived from Indonesia and Myanmar.
The 49-year-old work pass holder who travelled from the UAE is linked to a 46-year-old dependant's pass holder who also travelled from the same country.
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There were also another two cases who are dependant’s pass holders who arrived from Russia and France. This includes a 28-year-old Kazakhstan woman who experienced an onset of symptoms on Nov 3 before she was confirmed to have COVID-19 on Nov 12.
The remaining case is a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from the Netherlands.
There were no new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection, said the health ministry.
The new infections bring Singapore's tally of COVID-19 cases to 58,114.
The overall number of new cases in the community has remained low, with a total of one case in the past week, which is currently unlinked. Further details can be found in the health ministry's daily situation report.
MOH also said the COVID-19 cluster at PPT Lodge 1A at 8 Seletar North Link has been closed as there have been no more cases linked to the dormitory for the past two incubation periods.
TOTAL RECOVERIES REACH 58,008
Six more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore's total recoveries to 58,008.
There are 50 cases still in hospital, Most of them are stable or improving, and no one is in the intensive care unit. Another 28 are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.
To date, 28 people have died from complications due to COVID-19 infection.
MOH on Thursday provided more details on an expert committee that will assess the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as give advice on Singapore’s vaccine strategy.
“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,” said the ministry.
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”.