All 5 new COVID cases in Singapore imported, sixth day with no local infections

Staff Writer, Singapore
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SINGAPORE - NOVEMBER 08: People wearing protective masks are seen on board a ferry departing to a nearby offshore island at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre on November 8, 2020 in Singapore. The Singapore authorities are encouraging residents to visit local tourist attractions to give a much needed boost to the local tourism industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
People wearing protective masks are seen onboard a ferry departing to a nearby offshore island at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre on 8 November, 2020 in Singapore. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed five new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Monday (16 November), taking the country’s total to 58,124.

All five cases are imported, marking the sixth day in a row with no locally-transmitted infections.

“All new cases today are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance,” said the MOH.

Two are Singaporeans who returned from the UK and India, while two are long-term visit pass holders who arrived from Russia and Indonesia.

The fifth imported case is a work permit holder currently employed here who arrived from Indonesia.

All cases had been placed on the stay-home notice upon their arrival here and were tested while serving the notice, said the MOH.

The ministry also noted that the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with a total of one case in the past week, which is currently unlinked.

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99% of total cases have recovered

With four more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Monday, 58,033 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 40 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 23 patients with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from 28 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.

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