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87 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 13 imported infections

87 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 13 imported infections

A notice advising people to wear face masks is displayed on a pole in the financial business district in Singapore on Aug 11, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 87 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (Aug 23), with 13 imported infections, said the Ministry of Health (MOH), taking the national tally to 56,353.

The sole new community case reported on Sunday is a work pass holder who is currently unlinked to other cases, said MOH.

The 38-year-old Vietnamese man was detected under the ministry's enhanced community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor.

Epidemiological investigations are in progress, said the ministry. 

"In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the case 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 his household contacts to determine if he could have been infected by them," said MOH.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained stable at two per day in the past 2 weeks. 

Unlinked cases in the community have also remained stable at an average of one per day in the past 2 weeks.

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

UPDATED MAP: All the places that COVID-19 community cases visited while they were infectious

5 OF 13 IMPORTED CASES ARE PERMANENT RESIDENTS

Of the 13 imported cases, five are permanent residents who returned to Singapore from India on Aug 11.

Six other cases also arrived on the same day, comprising a dependent's pass holder from India and a long-term visit pass holder from Philippines, two work permit holders currently employed in Singapore from the Philippines, as well as two student's pass holders from India.

The remaining two imported cases are short-term visit pass holders who arrived from Bangladesh on Aug 21. They were allowed entry on medical grounds, as one of them had been seeking treatment in Singapore and the other is a parent and caregiver.

All the imported cases had been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore, said MOH.

ONE NEW CLUSTER AT PREVIOUSLY CLEARED DORM

The remaining 73 cases reported on Sunday were workers residing in dormitories.

The Inter-agency Taskforce has completed the testing of all workers in the dormitories, said the ministry.

About 13,500 workers are still serving out their quarantine period.

"These workers will be tested when their quarantine ends, and we expect the case counts to remain high in the coming days, before tapering down thereafter," said MOH.

One new cluster was also identified at Homestay Lodge at 39 Kaki Bukit Avenue 3, comprising one new case and four previously confirmed cases. The dormitory had previously been cleared of COVID-19 by the Ministry of Manpower on Aug 4.

The health ministry also reported on Sunday that 244 more COVID-19 cases were discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 54,164 have fully recovered.

There were 76 confirmed cases still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit.

A total of 2,086 were 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. 

Twenty-seven people have died from complications due to COVID-19.



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On Saturday, a new COVID-19 cluster was reported at Singapore's biggest purpose-built dormitory, about a month after it was declared to be "fully cleared" of the coronavirus.

Two of the newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Saturday were linked to 55 previous cases to form a new cluster at Sungei Tengah Lodge dormitory at 500 Old Choa Chu Kang Road, MOH said.

The cluster at Sungei Tengah Lodge was among the largest in Singapore before the dormitory was declared cleared of COVID-19 by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Jul 21. 

MOH closed the cluster on Jul 18.  

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Source: CNA/aa

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