COVID-19: Singapore confirms 359 new infections, 1 case in community

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SINGAPORE - 2020/07/25: People wearing face masks are scanned for their temperatures before entering a shopping mall  along Orchard Road, a famous shopping district in Singapore. As of 26 July 2020, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Singapore are at 50,369. (Photo by Maverick Asio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
People wearing face masks are scanned for their temperatures before entering a shopping mall along Orchard Road. (PHOTO: Maverick Asio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 359 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Tuesday (28 July) noon, taking the country’s total to 51,197.

Of the new cases, one is classified as a case in the community, two are imported cases and the remaining 356 are foreign workers living in dorms.

The imported cases arrived in Singapore from India on 12 July and 13 July. One is a work pass holder (case 51007), a 39-year-old male Indian national who is currently employed in Singapore, and the other is a dependant’s pass holder, an eight-year-old female American (case 50946). Both of them had been placed on 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore, and had been tested while serving their SHN.

The sole case in the community had been identified as a contact of a previously confirmed case, and had been placed on quarantine earlier. The 29-year-old male Indian national was tested during quarantine to determine his status, even though he is asymptomatic.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 10 cases per day in the week before, to an average of four per day in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of five cases per day in the week before, to an average of two per day in the past week.

Over 45,800 recovered

With 201 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Monday, 45,893 cases – some 89.6 per cent of the tally – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 185 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 5,092 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.

As of 20 July, the ministry has conducted 1,170,049 swab tests, of which 571,496 were done on unique individuals. This translates to around 205,300 swabs conducted per 1 million total population, and about 100,300 unique individuals swabbed per 1 million total population.

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