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20 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 1 community infection

20 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 1 community infection

Pedestrians walk along the pavement at the Orchard Road shopping district in Singapore on Sep 25, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 20 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Saturday (Sep 26), with one in the community and five imported infections.

The community infection involves a 40-year-old Indian national whose case is currently unlinked. He was asymptomatic and the infection was detected through the authorities' routine testing of workers in the construction, marine and process sectors who are living outside the dormitories.

The five imported cases involve three work permit holders, one work pass holder and one dependant's pass holder. 

They had returned from India, Indonesia, Brazil and the Philippines. All of them had been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). 

The remaining 14 cases involve migrant workers living in dormitories. Seven of them had already been in quarantine as they were identified as contacts of previous cases. The other seven cases were detected through surveillance testing.​​​​​​​

All the cases reported on Saturday were asymptomatic, said the ministry.

Singapore's tally of cases stands at 57,685.

Nineteen more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total recoveries to 57,359, said MOH. 

There are 25 cases in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving. 

A total of 274 cases being are isolated and cared for at community facilities. 

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and Mustafa Centre were on Saturday added to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 community cases during their infectious period.

A COVID-19 case had also visited an STA vehicle inspection centre in Boon Lay on Sep 24.

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Singapore's daily count of COVID-19 infections has ranged between 11 and 31 cases this week.

More COVID-19 restrictions will be eased from October.

Up to 100 people will be allowed at all religious worship services from Oct 3, double the current limit of 50.

Live music can resume at 16 religious organisations as part of a pilot programme by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, while some places of worship may request to trial services for up to 250 people.

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From Oct 1, large cinema halls with more than 300 seats will be allowed to have up to three zones of a maximum of 50 patrons each.

Other cinema halls will be permitted to increase to 50 per cent of their original operating capacity, or maintain the current limit of up to 50 patrons per hall, subject to COVID-19 safe management measures.

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Source: CNA/aj


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