COVID-19: 11 new cases detected in Singapore, all imported

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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People jogging around the Marina Bay area on 15 February. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
People jogging around the Marina Bay area on 15 February. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 11 new cases of COVID-19 in Singapore on Sunday (21 February), taking the country's total case count to 59,869.

All the cases are imported and there are no new cases of locally transmitted infection.

"Amongst the new cases today, 10 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while one was symptomatic," said the MOH.

Of them, two are Singaporeans and one is a permanent resident who returned from India and Nepal.

Three of them are dependant's pass holders who arrived from India and the United Arab Emirates.

Another is a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from Myanmar, while one is a work pass holder who arrived from Mexico.

The remaining three cases are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, and Indonesia, of whom one is a foreign domestic worker.

All 11 imported cases were placed on the stay-home notice upon their arrival here and tested while serving their notice.

Separately, the ministry said it is investigating a Malaysian truck driver who works as a freelance deliveryman and was denied entry into Singapore on 18 February after testing positive for COVID-19 for an antigen rapid test (ART) at Woodlands Checkpoint. 

His polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test came back positive for COVID-19 on 19 February. His previous trip to Singapore was on 8 February, when he tested negative for COVID-19 for his ART at the checkpoint. 

"Our investigations found that he had visited Resorts World Sentosa Casino on 9 February before departing for Malaysia on the same day. While he is not included in the case count as he had not been allowed entry into Singapore after his positive ART test, we will take all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure, including placing all identified close contacts on quarantine," said the MOH.

The ministry added that Malaysian truck drivers are not allowed to mingle in the community other than for delivery purposes and are not to stay overnight. "Investigations are ongoing to assess if there had been any breach of the relevant prevailing measures," it said.

The MOH also noted that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from seven cases in the week before to one case in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from four cases in the week before to one case in the past week.

99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU

With 12 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Sunday, 59,731 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 22 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and one is in the intensive care unit.

A total of 87 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 69 confirmed cases reported from 15 to 21 February, 43 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 11 have tested negative, and 15 serology test results are pending.

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