COVID-19: 12 new cases in Singapore detected, including 2 community cases

·Editorial Team
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SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed the detection of another 12 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore as of noon on Sunday (4 October), taking the country’s total to 57,812.

Of the new cases, two are in the community, six are imported and four are workers residing in dormitories.

The community cases are currently unlinked. Case 57953 was detected under community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection (ARI) at first presentation to a doctor. Case 57961 was detected as a result of rostered routine testing of workers in the construction, marine and process sectors who are living outside the dormitories, even though he is asymptomatic.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from an average of fewer than one case per day in the week before, to an average of two cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from an average of fewer than one case per day in the week before, to an average of one case in the past 2 weeks.

Amongst the imported cases, two (cases 57954 and 57960) are Singapore permanent residents who returned to Singapore from India on 22 September and 23 September. Another three (cases 57949, 57951 and 57952) are work pass/work permit holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from the Netherlands and the Philippines on 22 September, and Indonesia on 1 October. The remaining case 57950 is a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from Japan on 22 September.

All of them had been placed on 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore, and were tested while serving their SHN at dedicated facilities.

All the cases residing in dormitories were detected through surveillance testing, such as the bi-weekly rostered routine testing of workers living in dormitories.

Of the new cases, 33 per cent are currently unlinked.

99% of total cases have recovered

With 13 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Sunday, 57,575 cases – or 99.6 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 43 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 167 patients with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from 27 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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