All 4 new COVID cases in Singapore imported; 2 places added to list of venues

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·2-min read
People look at a Singapore Airlines plane, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a viewing gallery of the Changi Airport in Singapore October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su
People look at a Singapore Airlines plane, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease at a viewing gallery of Changi Airport on 12 October, 2020. (PHOTO: Reuters)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed four new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Monday (19 October), taking the country’s total to 57,915.

All four cases are imported – and all but one are asymptomatic and were proactively detected, said the MOH.

Of them, one is a Singaporean and another is a permanent resident who returned to Singapore from India. The other two cases are a student’s pass holder who arrived from India and a special pass holder who arrived from the Philippines to board a ship docked here.

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

The MOH said the number of new cases in the community has remained stable at four cases a week in the past two weeks.

It added that the number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from none in the week before, to two cases in the past week.

The ministry added Jurong Point and a FairPrice outlet at 114 Aljunied Avenue 2 to a list of COVID-19 public venues visited by community cases while infectious. Jurong Point was visited on 10 October from 6.35pm to 8pm, while the FairPrice outlet was visited the next day from 7.35pm to 8.05pm.

The MOH also announced the closure of the cluster at Sungei Tengah Lodge – at 500 Old Choa Chu Kang Road – for the past two incubation periods or 28 days.

99% of total cases have recovered; none in ICU

With 12 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Monday, 57,819 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 34 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 34 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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