13 new COVID cases in Singapore, all imported

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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A man receives his vaccination at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination center in Singapore March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su
A man receives his vaccination at a coronavirus disease vaccination centre in Singapore on 8 March, 2021. (PHOTO: Reuters)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 13 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Monday (8 March), taking the country's total case count to 60,046.

All new cases are imported, marking the second day in a row with no local transmissions reported.

"Amongst the new cases today, 12 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while one was symptomatic," said the MOH.

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Amongst the 13 imported cases, two are permanent residents who returned from India and Malaysia. Monday's sole symptomatic case is a 38-year-old male PR who returned from Malaysia.

Two others are a dependant’s pass holder and a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from India. One is a work pass holder who arrived from the Philippines.

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

The remaining case is a short-term visit pass holder who arrived from India to visit her relative who is a PR.

All of them were placed on the stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival here.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has increased from three cases in the week before to four in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from two in the week before to three in the past week. 

99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU

With six more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Monday, 59,900 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 21 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, with one of them in the intensive care unit.

A total of 96 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from 29 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 15 others who tested positive for the virus were determined to have died from unrelated causes, including three whose deaths were attributed to a heart attack and another four, whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.

Amongst the 98 confirmed cases reported from 2 to 8 March, 53 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 31 have tested negative, and 14 serology test results are pending.

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