8 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including man who travelled to UAE under Business Travel Pass
SINGAPORE: Singapore reported eight new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Monday (Nov 9), said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
All of the new infections were imported cases who were placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. There have been no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases for four consecutive days.
The new infections bring Singapore's tally of COVID-19 cases to 58,064.
The new cases include three permanent residents, one of whom is a 47-year-old man who travelled to the United Arab Emirates under the Business Travel Pass.
He had undergone a polymerase chain reaction test upon his return to Singapore and self-isolated at home while waiting for his test result.
The man was taken to hospital after his test came back positive the next day. His serological test also returned positive, which "indicates likely past infection", said MOH.
The other two permanent residents are a 48-year-old man who had returned from India and a 32-year-old man who arrived from Bangladesh.
The remaining imported cases include two work pass holders who arrived from South Korea and the Philippines, two work permit holders who came from Indonesia and a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from India.
The cluster at Toh Guan Dormitory has been closed after no new cases were linked to it for 28 days.
SIX MORE DISCHARGED
Six more COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 57,981 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.
There are currently 34 COVID-19 patients who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and no one is in the intensive care unit.
A total of 21 patients 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-eight people have died from complications due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 PANDEMIC NOT JUST A PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM: PM LEE
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday said that the COVID-19 pandemic was not just a public health problem but also a political one.
In a speech at the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) 36th Ordinary Party Conference, Mr Lee said that it takes political leadership to persuade people about keeping safety measures in place when case numbers are low.
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Although the situation in Singapore is under control, the country has to get into a position where it can confidently open up further, said Mr Lee.
“We can't simply relax the current restrictions and hope that COVID-19 cases will remain low,” he said.
Opening up further will increase the chances of getting more new cases, Mr Lee said, and so Singapore has to maintain its safe distancing measures.