COVID-19: Singapore confirms 5 new cases, all imported

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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People taking walks at Singapore Botanic Gardens.
People taking walks at Singapore Botanic Gardens. (PHOTO: Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed five new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Saturday (21 November) noon, taking the country’s total to 58,148.

For the 11th straight day, there are no new cases of locally-transmitted infection.

“There are five imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore,” said the ministry.

Among the five imported cases, one (Case 58352) is a Singaporean and another (Case 58353) is a Singapore permanent resident who returned from Mexico and the UK respectively. Another two (Cases 58354 and 58355) are work permit holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from the Philippines. The remaining case (Case 58351) is a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from Oman. They had already been placed on SHN upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN, the MOH said.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained low, the MOH said, with no new cases in the past week.

99% of total cases have recovered; 1 in ICU

With six more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Saturday, 58,064 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 22 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 34 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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