SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 40 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Friday (Sep 4), including three imported infections.
This brings the total number of cases in the country to 56,948.
Among the imported cases was a 36-year-old Indian man who was allowed to enter Singapore on a short-term visit pass as his spouse has been seeking medical treatment in Singapore. He arrived from India on Aug 26.
The remaining imported cases comprise a 60-year-old Singaporean man and a 36-year-old permanent resident, who returned to Singapore from India on Aug 28 and 23 respectively.
All three imported cases were placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore and tested positive while isolated at dedicated facilities, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update.
The remaining 37 new cases reported on Friday were dormitories residents, five of whom were identified as contacts of previous cases.
They were quarantined to prevent further transmission and were tested during quarantine.
The other 32 cases were detected through surveillance testing, such as the 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.
Serological tests were conducted to determine if some of these cases were current or past infections. The serological test results for 16 cases have come back positive so far, which indicate "likely past infections", said MOH.
COMMUNITY CASES ON THE RISE
There were no new cases in the community.
MOH said the number of new cases in the community has increased to a daily average of three cases in the past week, from two cases a day in the week before.
Unlinked cases in the community have also increased, from a daily average of one case in the week before, to two cases a day in the past week.
"We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme," said MOH.
Several new locations were added to MOH's list of public places visited by community cases during their infectious period, including four Orchard Road shopping centres.
Other places visited by confirmed cases include eateries in Jewel Changi Airport, Compass One and NEX, as well as the NTUC FairPrice Warehouse Club at Joo Koon.
The new locations are as follows:
250 CAMERA SHOP VISITORS TESTED NEGATIVE
MOH has contacted 254 people who visited SLR Revolution camera shop at Excelsior Shopping Centre between Aug 15 and Aug 18, following the detection of three cases linked to the shop.
The cases had worked at or visited the shop, and the risk of infection for visitors is assessed to be "low", said MOH.
So far, 250 people contacted by MOH have tested negative for COVID-19 while four people have yet to be swabbed.
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Another 146 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 56,174 have fully recovered from the infection.
Fifty-one confirmed cases are still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving, and no one is in the intensive care unit.
A total of 696 cases are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are people who have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.
Twenty-seven people have died in Singapore from complications due to COVID-19.
On Wednesday, MOH said 41 COVID-19 cases from the total count were removed after further investigations showed they were negative. CNA has approached MOH for more information about the 41 cases.
NEW CLUSTER AT PREVIOUSLY CLEARED DORM
Singapore has seen several new COVID-19 clusters in dormitories that were previously cleared of the disease in recent weeks.
MOH on Friday identified a new cluster at Blue Stars Dormitory at 3 Kian Teck Lane, with 33 earlier confirmed cases linked. The dormitory was declared cleared of COVID-19 on Aug 8.
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On Thursday, new clusters were identified Cochrane Lodge II at Admiralty Road West and at Westlite Toh Guan dormitory at Toh Guan Road East. They had also been previously cleared of of the disease.
Of the 48 new COVID-19 cases reported in Singapore that day, 41 were cases living in dormitories.
Besides the three reported in the last two days, new clusters have also been identified at Sungei Tengah Lodge, Homestay Lodge, Tuas View Dormitory, Changi Lodge II, North Coast Lodge, and Toh Guan Dormitory.