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Singapore reports 12 new COVID-19 infections, including 2 community and 6 imported cases

Singapore reports 12 new COVID-19 infections, including 2 community and 6 imported cases

Orchard Road on Jun 19, the first day of Phase 2 of Singapore's reopening. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 12 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (Oct 4), including two in the community and six imported infections, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily report.

This takes the national tally to 57,812.

Among the 12 cases, 10 were asymptomatic and detected from "proactive screening and surveillance", while the remaining two were symptomatic, MOH said in an update provided on Sunday night.

2 COMMUNITY CASES

The two community cases on Sunday involve a work pass holder and a work permit holder, said MOH.

Both men are from India and are currently unlinked. 

One of them, a 45-year-old man was confirmed to be COVID-19 positive on Oct 3, two days after the onset of symptoms. 

He was detected under the enhanced community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection (ARI) at first presentation to a doctor, MOH said.

The second community case, a 28-year-old man who was asymptomatic, was confirmed to have the disease on Oct 4.

"(He) was detected as a result of our rostered routine testing of workers in the construction, marine and process sectors who are living outside the dormitories, even though he is asymptomatic," MOH said.

"Epidemiological investigations of the cases are in progress. 

"In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the cases have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that we can detect asymptomatic cases. 

"We will also conduct serological tests for their household contacts to determine if they could have been infected by them."

The ministry also added that overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from an average of fewer than one case per day in the week before, to an average of two cases in the past week. 

It said the number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from an average of fewer than one case per day in the week before, to an average of one case in the past two weeks. 

"We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme."

6 IMPORTED CASES, 4 CASES FROM DORMS

There were also six new imported cases who had all been placed on stay-home notice or isolated after they arrived in Singapore. 

Among them, there are two permanent residents, one work pass holder, two work permit holders and one dependent's pass holder, MOH said.

The two permanent residents, both men aged 39 and 64 years old, returned to Singapore from India on Sep 22 and Sep 23 respectively.

The 39-year-old was diagnosed on Oct 3, while the older man was diagnosed on Oct 4, after his symptoms appeared on Sep 30.

Another three cases involved work pass or work permit holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from the Netherlands, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Among them was a 40 year-old work pass holder from the Netherlands who was confirmed to have COVID-19 on Oct 3. He had arrived in Singapore from the Netherlands on Sep 22. 

A 35-year-old Filipino woman holding a work permit who had arrived from the Philippines on Sep 22 was also among the imported cases. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 on Oct 3.

A 26-year-old work permit holder from Indonesia was also among the imported infections. She had returned from Indonesia to Singapore on Oct 1 and tested positive two days later.

All three cases were asymptomatic. 

The remaining imported case was a 41-year-old dependant’s pass holder from Japan who arrived in Singapore from Japan on Sep 22. She was asymptomatic as well and tested positive on Oct 3.

As for cases within dormitories, all four of them 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," MOH said.

MORE PEOPLE DISCHARGED

Of the new cases, 67 per cent are imported or linked to known cases/ clusters, while the rest are pending contact tracing, it added.

In total, 13 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. 

In all, 57,575 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 43 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. 

Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit, MOH said.

Another 167 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. 

"These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19," added MOH. 

In Singapore so far, 27 people have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.



Singapore on Saturday saw its lowest daily count of new COVID-19 since Mar 10, when it confirmed six new infections.

The authorities are gradually easing some restrictions, including allowing up to 100 people to attend worship services and weddings, live music at selected places of worship and larger audience limits at cinemas.

More people are also now allowed to return to the workplace, subject to conditions such as capacity limits.

Singapore has also lifted border restrictions for short-term visitors from Brunei, New Zealand, Vietnam and Australia, excluding Victoria state, subject to safety health measures.

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Source: CNA/aj

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