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21 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 1 imported infection

21 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 1 imported infection

People wearing face masks at Paya Lebar Square on Sep 15, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 21 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tuesday (Sep 22). There were no new cases in the community for the second consecutive day.

One imported infection was confirmed - a 23-year-old work permit holder who travelled from India. She had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore on Sep 10, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The remaining cases involve migrant workers living in dormitories. Six of them had already been quarantined after being identified as contacts of previous cases, while 14 infections were detected through surveillance testing.

Singapore's tally of cases stands at 57,627.    

All the cases reported on Tuesday were asymptomatic and were detected from proactive screening and surveillance, said MOH.

Twenty-one more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total recoveries to 57,262, said MOH. 

Thirty-seven cases are still in hospital. Most are stable or improving, and no one is in the intensive care unit. 

A total of 301 cases are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.

In MOH's update on Monday evening, one case was removed from Singapore's total count of COVID-19 infections after a patient's result was deemed a false-positive.

The patient's first COVID-19 test was "borderline positive", but two subsequent tests for the 30-year-old Singaporean man came back negative. 

MOH said investigations by laboratory experts and an expert panel assessed that his first test result was a false-positive. 

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Source: CNA/aa/zl


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