SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 10 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Wednesday (7 October), taking the country’s total to 57,840.
All but two of the 10 new cases are asymptomatic and were proactively detected, said the MOH.
Of them, four are cases residing in foreign worker dormitories, where one had been identified earlier as a contact of previous cases and had already been quarantined and tested. Three were detected through surveillance testing.
The remaining six are imported cases, half of whom arrived from Myanmar. All had all been placed on 14-day stay-home notice upon their arrival here and were tested while serving the notice at dedicated facilities.
Overall, 20 per cent of new cases have no established links and epidemiological investigations are in progress.
“In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the cases have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that we can detect asymptomatic cases. We will also conduct serological tests for the close contacts to determine if the cases could have been infected by them,” said the MOH.
The ministry noted the number of new cases in the community has remained stable at an average of one case per day in the past two weeks.
It added that 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.
The ministry also announced the closure of two clusters at S11 Dormitory @ Punggol at 2 Seletar North Link and the construction site at 9 Penang Road/8 Loyang Crescent as there are no cases linked to them for the past two incubation periods, or 28 days.
99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU
With 12 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Wednesday, 57,624 cases – or 99.6 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.
Most of the 39 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
A total of 150 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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