COVID-19: Singapore confirms 295 new cases, two in the community

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SINGAPORE, July 1, 2020 -- An automatic cleaning robot equipped with disinfectant spray attachment works in Singapore's Changi Airport on July 1, 2020. (Photo by Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/ via Getty Images)
An automatic cleaning robot equipped with disinfectant spray attachment works in Singapore's Changi Airport. (PHOTO: Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 295 new COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday (4 August) noon, bringing Singapore’s total to 53,346.

Of the cases, two were cases in the community, seven were imported and the remaining 286 were foreign workers residing in dormitories.

Of the two community cases, one (No. 53403) is linked to a previous case. The 46-year-old male Bangladeshi national was tested during quarantine to determine his status, even though he is asymptomatic.

The other community case (No. 53408 ) is currently unlinked. The 31-year-old Singaporean woman was identified from screening of workers in essential services who are living outside the dormitories, even though she is asymptomatic.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of four 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 also decreased, from an average of two cases per day in the week before, to an average of one per day in the past week.

Amongst the 7 imported cases, cases 53405 and 53406 are Singapore permanent residents who returned to Singapore from India on 23 July.

The remaining cases also arrived recently from India. Two (cases 53327 and 53404) are work pass holders who are currently employed in Singapore, and had arrived in Singapore on 22 July and 31 July. Another two (cases 53256 and 53326) are dependant’s pass holders who arrived on 21 July and 22 July, and the remaining case 53407 is a student’s pass holder who arrived on 23 July.

All of them had been placed on 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore.

Holy Tree Sri Balasubramaniar Temple in Yishun is a new location in the MOH list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community from 21 July to 31 July.

The Ministry of Manpower said that 95 more dormitories have been cleared of COVID-19 as of Wednesday (29 July). This takes the total number to 975 dormitories and 64 blocks for recovered workers in 17 purpose-built dormitories cleared of COVID-19.

As of 28 July, about 262,000 workers (approximately 85 per cent) have either recovered or have been tested to be free from the virus. Authorities expect to clear all dorms and workers residing in them by Friday.

More than 47,000 patients discharged; 1 in ICU

With 275 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Tuesday, 47,454 cases – some 89 per cent of the tally – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 125 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 5,740 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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