COVID-19: Eight new imported cases in Singapore

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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TraceTogether tokens are distributed to residents at Jalan Besar Community Club, as the government speeds up contact tracing efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Singapore September 14, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su
TraceTogether tokens distributed at Jalan Besar Community Club on 14 September 2020. PHOTO: Reuters

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed eight new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Monday (9 November) noon, taking the country’s total to 58,064.

The new cases are all imported. Amongst them, five are asymptomatic, while 3 were symptomatic. They had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

Of these cases, three are Singapore permanent residents who returned from India, Bangladesh and the UAE.

The latter case had travelled to the UAE under the business travel pass. He had undergone a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction test upon return to Singapore, and self-isolated at home while waiting for his test result. He was conveyed to the hospital after his test came back positive the next day. His serological test result has come back positive, which indicates likely past infection.

Another four are currently employed in Singapore. Of these, two are work pass holders who arrived from South Korea and the Philippines and the other two are work permit holders who arrived from Indonesia. The remaining case is a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from India.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with a total of one case in the past week, who is currently unlinked.

As there have been no more cases linked to the cluster at Toh Guan Dormitory for the past two incubation periods, the cluster has now been closed.

99% of total cases have recovered

With six more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Monday, 57,981 cases – or 99.9 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 21 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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