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27 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore; 1 in the community linked to 2 previous cases

27 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore; 1 in the community linked to 2 previous cases

Travellers wait near a check-in counter at the departure area of Singapore Changi Airport on Sep 11, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 27 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tuesday (Sep 29), including one in the community and nine imported infections, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said. 

This brings the total number of cases in the country to 57,742.

All but one of the new cases were asymptomatic, said the ministry. 

COMMUNITY INFECTION

The only new community case involves a Malaysian work pass holder.

The 21-year-old man has been identified as a household contact of two other COVID-19 cases, including a Malaysian man who had gone to work at Changi Airport

According to MOH, the new case reported symptoms and was immediately taken to hospital for a swab.

"Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained stable at an average of fewer than one case per day in the past two weeks," said MOH. 

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also remained stable at an average of fewer than one case per day in the past two weeks, it added.

IMPORTED CASES FROM INDONESIA, INDIA

The nine imported cases involved a Singaporean, five permanent residents, one work pass holder, one work permit holder and one dependant's pass holder. 

Seven of them had travelled from India, while the rest returned from Indonesia. 

All of them were placed on stay-home notices upon their arrival in Singapore.

The remaining 17 cases involve migrant workers living in dormitories. Eight of them had already been quarantined as they were identified as contacts of previous cases, while nine were detected through surveillance testing.




A total of 73 more patients have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total recoveries to 57,466, said MOH.

There are 32 cases who are still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving.

Another 217 are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.

A food court at Changi Airport and seven shopping malls, including Ngee Ann City, Bugis Junction and IMM, were among the locations added on Tuesday to the list of public places visited by community cases during their infectious period.

READ: Food court at Changi Airport, several malls visited by COVID-19 cases during infectious period

The global death toll from the coronavirus, which emerged less than a year ago in China and has swept across the world, passed 1 million on Sunday.

The United States has recorded the highest death toll with more than 200,000 fatalities followed by Brazil, India, Mexico and Britain.

Singapore has reported 27 deaths linked to COVID-19 so far.

EASING OF RESTRICTIONS IN SINGAPORE

Singapore has also announced it will ease some COVID-19 restrictions. 

From Oct 3, live music can resume at 16 religious organisations as part of a pilot programme by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), while some places of worship may trial services for up to 250 people.

Details of a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions were announced on Saturday, after authorities said earlier the week that up to 100 attendees will be allowed at all worship services from Oct 3, double the current limit of 50.

The increased limit of 100 people will also apply to non-congregational religious activities, subject to the religious organisation’s ability to adhere to safe distancing measures given its physical capacity, said MCCY.

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Source: CNA/aa

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