All 17 new COVID cases in Singapore imported, including 13 work permit holders

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·2-min read
Pedestrians crossing a street in the rain in Singapore.
Pedestrians crossing a street in the rain in Singapore. (PHOTO: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 17 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Tuesday (12 January), taking the country’s total case count to 58,946.

There are no new cases of locally-transmitted infections for the fourth consecutive day.

“Amongst the new cases today, 16 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while one was symptomatic,” said the MOH.

One of them is an 83-year-old Singaporean man and two are permanent residents who returned from India and the US. Tuesday’s sole symptomatic case is a 41-year-old female PR who developed symptoms on 1 January and arrived from the US.

Thirteen other cases are work permit holders who arrived from India, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines, of whom 12 are foreign domestic workers.

The remaining case is a sea crew holding a special pass who arrived from Japan onboard a vessel. He was tested for COVID-19 upon arrival here and subsequently conveyed to the hospital when his test came back positive.

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All 17 imported cases were placed on the stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival here and were subsequently tested.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 11 cases in the week before to six in the past week.

“The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at four cases per week in the past two weeks,” it added.

On Sunday, the MOH confirmed 42 new COVID-19 cases, all imported, the highest number of imported infections since 28 March last year. A total of 24 cases on Sunday are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, of whom five are foreign domestic workers.

99% of total cases have recovered

With 26 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Tuesday, 58,694 cases – or 99.6 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 53 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and one is in the intensive care unit.

A total of 170 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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