SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 21 new cases in Singapore as of Tuesday (22 September), bringing the country’s total to 57,627.
All 21 new cases are asymptomatic, and were proactively detected, said the MOH.
There are no community cases for the second day in a row.
The lone imported case is a work permit holder currently employed here. She had arrived from India on 10 September, was placed on the 14-day stay-home Notice upon her arrival, and tested while serving the notice at a dedicated facility, said the MOH.
Overall, five per cent of the new cases have no established links.
The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has remained stable at an average of one case per day in the past two weeks.
Similarly, 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.
14 cases in dorms detected via surveillance testing
Amongst the 20 cases residing in dorms, six had been identified earlier as contacts of previous cases and were tested during quarantine, said the MOH.
The remaining 14 cases were detected via the bi-weekly rostered routine testing of workers living in dorms.
Besides the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, or swabbing, serological tests have also been conducted to determine if some of the cases are current or past infections.
“The serological test results for two cases have come back positive so far, which indicate likely past infection,” said the MOH.
As of last Friday, about 5,700 workers who are required to undergo the routine testing have yet to do so, said the Ministry of Manpower, Economic Development Board, Building and Construction Authority, and Health Promotion Board in a joint statement on the same day.
“This is a significant reduction from the 13,000 workers from last week, and we would like to thank employers for their cooperation,” the authorities had said.
Of Singapore’s COVID-19 tally, 54,353 – or 94.3 per cent – are foreign workers living in dorms.
99% of total cases have recovered
With 21 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Tuesday, 57,262 cases – or 99.4 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.
Most of the 37 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
A total of 301 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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