SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 21 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Monday (29 March), taking the country's total case count to 60,321.
All cases are imported and there are no local infections reported for the second day in a row. "Amongst the new cases today, 20 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while one was symptomatic," said the MOH.
Among the 21 imported cases, three are Singaporeans – including a one-year-old baby girl – and three are permanent residents who returned from India, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Turkey.
Another case is a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from India.
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Eleven cases are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, Myanmar, and the Philippines, of whom two are foreign domestic workers. A 29-year-old female work permit holder who arrived from the Philippines is Monday's sole symptomatic case.
The three remaining cases are short-term visit pass holders, of whom two arrived from Canada and India respectively to visit their family members living here. The third, a 34-year-old man, arrived from Malaysia to assist in police investigations.
All 21 imported cases were placed on the stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival here and were tested for COVID-19.
The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has increased from none in the week before to two in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from none in the week before to two in the past week.
99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU
With nine more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Monday, 60,131 cases – or 99.7 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.
Most of the 39 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while one of them is in the intensive care unit.
A total of 121 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.
Apart from the 30 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.
Among the 113 confirmed cases reported from 23 to 29 March, 44 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 51 have tested negative, and 18 serology test results are pending.
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