COVID-19: S'pore confirms 10 new cases, 1 Singaporean among 5 imported cases

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A youth plays skateboard at the shopping district of Orchard Road as the city state reopens the economy, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Singapore June 19, 2020.  REUTERS/Edgar Su
A youth plays skateboard at the shopping district of Orchard Road in Singapore. (PHOTO: Reuters/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 10 new COVID-19 cases as of Friday (2 October) noon, taking Singapore’s total case count to 57,794.

Of the new cases, one is in the community, five are imported and the remaining four are residing in dormitories.

The sole community case (57941), who is currently unlinked, is 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 remained stable at an average of fewer than one case per day in the past two weeks. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also remained stable at an average of fewer than one case per day in the past two weeks.

Amongst the five imported cases, one (case 57940) is a Singaporean and another (case 57938) is a Singapore permanent resident who returned to Singapore from India on 18 September and 20 September. Another case (No. 57939) is a short-term visit pass holder who arrived from Indonesia on 18 September. She was allowed entry into Singapore as her parent is a Singaporean. The remaining cases are a work permit holder (case 57936) currently employed in Singapore who arrived from Indonesia on 20 September, and a dependant’s pass holder (case 57933) who arrived from India on 16 September.

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

Amongst the four cases residing in dormitories, one had been identified earlier as a contact of previous cases, and had already been quarantined to prevent further transmission. He was tested during quarantine to determine his status. The remaining three cases were detected through surveillance testing, such as the bi-weekly rostered routine testing of workers living in dormitories.

Walking On Sunshine at Orchard Central has been added to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community while infectious. It was visited on 25 and 26 September from 9.45am to 7.45pm.

99% of total cases have recovered

With 22 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Friday, 57,534 cases – or 99.6 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 48 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 185 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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