All 6 new COVID cases in S'pore imported, 7th day with no local infections

Staff Writer, Singapore
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A health personnel conducts antigen rapid test for Covid-19 coronavirus to a passenger during embarkation procedures on World Dream cruise ship for "cruises to nowhere" at Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore on November 6, 2020 in a bid to revive its pandemic-hit tourism industry. (Photo by Roslan Rahman / AFP) (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
A health personnel conducts an antigen rapid test for coronavirus on a passenger during embarkation procedures for the World Dream cruise ship at Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore on 6 November, 2020. (PHOTO: AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed six new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Tuesday (17 November), taking the country’s total to 58,130.

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

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

One is a Singaporean who returned from India, while two are a long-term visit pass holder and a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from the Philippines and UK respectively.

The remaining cases are work permit holders currently employed here who arrived from the Philippines and Myanmar.

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

The MOH added that the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with no new cases in the past week.

99% of total cases have recovered

With six more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Tuesday, 58,039 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 37 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 26 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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