COVID-19: Singapore confirms 132 new cases including 1 Singaporean

Staff Writer, Singapore
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SINGAPORE, June 10, 2020  -- Healthcare staff collect swab samples for COVID-19 testing from workers who are returning for work at a regional screening centre in Singapore, June 10, 2020. (Photo by Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/ via Getty Images)
Healthcare staff collect swab samples for COVID-19 testing from migrant workers in Singapore. (PHOTO: Then Chih Wey/Xinhua/via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 132 new COVID-19 cases as of Saturday (8 August) noon, bringing Singapore’s total to 54,929.

Of the cases, one is a Singaporean, six were imported and the remaining 125 were foreign workers residing in a few standalone blocks in the dormitories that serve as quarantine facilities.

The 60-year-old Singaporean woman had been identified as a contact of a previously confirmed case, and had been placed on quarantine earlier. She was tested during quarantine to determine her status.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of three cases per day in the week before, to an average of two per day in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at an average of one case per day in the past 14 days.

Amongst the 6 imported cases, one is a work pass holder and two are work permit holders (cases 54960, 54971 and 54972) who are currently employed in Singapore. They arrived in Singapore from India and Indonesia on 27 July. The remaining three cases (cases 54952, 54961 and 54970) are dependant’s pass holders who arrived from India on 27 July and the US on 26 July.

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

The Inter-agency Taskforce has completed the testing of all workers in the dormitories on Friday, except for a few standalone blocks in the dormitories that serve as quarantine facilities. The workers in these quarantine facilities will be tested when their isolation ends, and the authorities expect the case counts to remain high in the coming days, before tapering down thereafter.

There was a new cluster recorded at a dormitory at 35 Kian Teck Way with 25 cases.

Over 48,500 discharged; none in ICU

With 271 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Friday, 48,583 cases – some 88 per cent of the tally – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 145 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 6,174 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.

“Only cases where the attending doctor or pathologist attributes the primary or underlying cause of death as due to COVID-19 infection will be added to the COVID-19 death count,” said the MOH in previous press releases, adding that the method of assessment is consistent with international practices for classifying deaths.

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