COVID-19: Singapore confirms 10 new cases including one arrested by PCG

Staff Writer, Singapore
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A stand up paddleboarder paddles past commercial vessels anchored at East Coast Park in Singapore.
A stand-up paddleboarder paddles past commercial vessels anchored at East Coast Park in Singapore. (PHOTO: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 10 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of noon on Tuesday (1 December), taking the country’s total to 58,228.

There are two new cases of locally-transmitted infection including one in the community, and the other who resides in a dormitory. There are also eight imported cases.

Amongst the new cases, nine are asymptomatic, and one was symptomatic.

The sole case in the community, who is currently unlinked, is a Singaporean working as a cleaner at the transit area at Changi Airport Terminal 3. The 66-year-old woman is asymptomatic, and was detected through the routine testing of workers at the frontlines of COVID-19 operations.

She was conveyed to the hospital when her test came back positive for COVID-19 infection. Her serological test result is negative, which indicates a likely current infection.

She stays at Yishun Ring Road with her husband who is currently unemployed. At work, she dons personal protective equipment, including a face mask, face shield, gloves and gown. Her earlier swabs done as part of routine testing were all negative.

All the identified close contacts of the case, including her family members and co-workers, have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period.

The sole case residing in a dormitory is asymptomatic, and was detected through surveillance. He was conveyed to the hospital when his swab result came back positive for COVID-19 infection. All his close contacts at the dormitory and his workplace have been isolated and placed on quarantine.

Overall, there were a total of five cases in the community in the past week who are currently unlinked.

Amongst the eight imported cases, six are currently employed in Singapore. Of these, one is a work pass holder who arrived from Japan and five are work permit holders who arrived from Indonesia and Myanmar. Another case is a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from Russia. They had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN.

The remaining case is a special pass holder who entered Singapore from Indonesia, and was arrested by the Singapore Police Force’s Police Coast Guard for his suspected involvement in a prior case. He was tested for COVID-19 infection, and isolated until he was conveyed to the hospital when his result came back positive.

99% of total cases have recovered; none in ICU

With five more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Tuesday, 58,139 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 29 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and none are in the intensive care unit.

A total of 31 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.

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