COVID-19: Singapore confirms 4 new cases; no local case for 10th straight day

Staff Writer, Singapore
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People walking on a pedestrian bridge along Bukit Timah Road in Singapore.
People walking on a pedestrian bridge along Bukit Timah Road in Singapore. (PHOTO: Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed four new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Friday (20 November), taking the country’s total to 58,143.

All four new cases are imported. This means for the 10th straight day, there are no new cases of locally-transmitted infection.

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

One is a Singaporean who returned from Sweden, while two are work permit holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from Indonesia.

The remaining case is a short-term visit pass holder enrolled in a private school in Singapore who arrived from Russia.

All were placed on the stay-home notice upon their arrival here and were tested while serving the notice, said the MOH.

The ministry also noted that the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with no new cases in the past week.

It also announced the closure of a cluster at Blue Stars Dormitory – located at 3 Kian Teck Lane – as there have not been any cases linked to it for the past two incubation periods, or 28 days.

99% of total cases have recovered; 1 in ICU

With six more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Friday, 58,058 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 26 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 31 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from 28 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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