COVID-19: Singapore confirms 15 new cases, 1 in dormitory

COVID-19 antigen rapid test cartridges at a screening station of a conference at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore.
COVID-19 antigen rapid test cartridges at a screening station of a conference at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore. (PHOTO: Reuters/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 15 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Wednesday (10 February), taking the country’s total case count to 59,747.

There is one new case of locally-transmitted infection, who resides in a dormitory.

In addition, there are 14 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore.

Amongst the new cases, 13 are asymptomatic while two were symptomatic.

The dormitory resident is a 22-year-old male Bangladesh national who works as a construction worker. He resides in a dormitory located at Bedok South Road and is asymptomatic.

He was detected when he was tested on 7 February as part of Rostered Routine Testing (RRT). His pooled test result came back positive for COVID-19 on Monday and he was immediately isolated. An individual test was done on Tuesday, and his test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on the same day.

He was subsequently conveyed in an ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. His earlier tests from RRT – the last being on 24 January – were negative for COVID-19 infection.

His serology test result has come back positive but the authorities are unable to rule out that this could be a recent infection. As a precautionary measure, all his close contacts at the dormitory and his workplace have been placed on quarantine.

Amongst the 14 imported cases,

• one is a Singaporean and two are Singapore permanent residents who returned from India, Malaysia and the UK.

• one is a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from the US.

• two are work pass holders who arrived from Brazil and Russia.

• six are work permit holders who arrived from India, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines, of whom four are foreign domestic workers.

• two are short-term visit pass holders. One case arrived from Indonesia to visit her Singaporean family members, and the other case arrived from the UAE for a work project in Singapore.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from three cases in the week before to four cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from two cases in the week before to four cases in the past week.

99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU

With 20 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Wednesday, 59,526 cases – or 99.6 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 36 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and one in the intensive care unit.

A total of 156 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 145 confirmed cases reported from 4 February to 10 February, 80 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 30 have tested negative, and 35 serology test results are pending.

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