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26 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

26 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-six new COVID-19 cases were reported in Singapore on Tuesday (Mar 30), all imported infections.

All the cases were placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

No locally transmitted cases were reported for a third consecutive day.

Among the 26 new cases, seven are Singaporeans and three are permanent residents who returned from Bangladesh, India, Qatar, Spain and the UK. 

Three are student's pass holders who arrived from Bangladesh and India, while two are work pass holders who arrived from India and Nepal.

Seven are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, of whom five are foreign domestic workers. 

The remaining four cases are short-term visit pass holders. Two arrived from India to visit their family members in Singapore and two arrived from the Philippines and Ecuador for work projects here. 


Another seven people have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total number who have fully recovered from COVID-19 to 60,138. 

Thirty-seven cases remain in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 

A total of 142 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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Singapore is studying a proposal from Hong Kong to reopen borders safely, said Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung on Monday.

"We are very happy that Hong Kong has in recent weeks kept the pandemic under good control. This is a very positive development," Mr Ong said in a statement.

"We have received a proposal from Hong Kong to reopen borders safely. We are studying it and will be responding to Hong Kong shortly."

Singapore and Hong Kong were scheduled to launch an air travel bubble in November last year, but it was deferred after Hong Kong saw a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said this month he hoped Singapore would start reopening its borders by the end of the year as more countries ramp up vaccination drives against COVID-19.

"Hopefully by the end of this year or next year, the doors can start to open, if not earlier," he said.

As of Tuesday, Singapore has reported a total of 60,347 COVID-19 cases. 

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Source: CNA/dv(rw)/zl


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