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21 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

21 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

The transit area of Changi Airport Terminal 3 on Aug 3, 2020. (Photo: Gwyneth Teo)

SINGAPORE: Twenty-one new COVID-19 cases were reported in Singapore on Monday (Mar 29), all imported cases.

No locally transmitted cases were reported in the community or in migrant workers' dormitories.

Among the new infections, there are three Singaporeans and three permanent residents who returned from India, Myanmar, the Philippines and Turkey. 

Three are short-term visit pass holders, including a 34-year-old man who travelled from Malaysia to assist in police investigations, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). The other two short-term pass holders arrived from Canada and India to visit their family members.

Eleven are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, Myanmar and the Philippines, of whom two are foreign domestic workers. 

The remaining case is a dependant's pass holder who arrived from India. 

All the new cases were placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore, said MOH.

Nine more people have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total number of people who have fully recovered from the infection to 60,131, said the ministry.

Thirty-nine cases are still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 

Another 121 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.

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The Ministry of Manpower unveiled last week a one-stop centre in Punggol for new migrant workers to complete their stay-home notice, get the necessary medical examination as well as the support to settle in.

There are three other onboarding centres in Eunos and Tengah.

Authorities plan to offer COVID-19 vaccinations in future for new arrivals at these onboarding centres, said Second Minister for Manpower Tan See Leng on Friday.

The centres will help reduce the transmission risk from imported COVID-19 cases to the community "while helping these new workers to settle in better", said MOM in announcing the pilot earlier this month.

As of Monday, Singapore has reported a total of 60,321 COVID-19 cases. 

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Source: CNA/dv(rw)


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