COVID-19: Singapore confirms 10 new cases, all imported

A woman receives her vaccination at a COVID-19 vaccination centre in Singapore.
A woman receives her vaccination at a COVID-19 vaccination centre in Singapore. (PHOTO: Reuters/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 10 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Wednesday (10 March), taking the country's total case count to 60,062.

All 10 new cases are imported. There are no new cases of locally-transmitted infection reported for the fourth day in a row.

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

Of the 10 imported cases, two are permanent residents who returned from India and Turkey. Wednesday's sole symptomatic case was is a 44-year-old male PR who returned from Turkey.

One of them is a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from India. Four others are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, of whom two are foreign domestic workers.

The remaining three are short-term visit pass holders, including one who arrived from Indonesia for a work project and two who arrived from India and Indonesia to visit their relatives who are PRs.

All of them were placed on the stay-home notice upon their arrival here and were tested while serving their notice.

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

99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU

With six more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Wednesday, 59,911 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 25 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, with one of them in the intensive care unit.

A total of 97 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 83 confirmed cases reported from 4 to 10 March, 43 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 33 have tested negative, and seven serology test results are pending.

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