COVID-19: Singapore confirms 9 new cases, including 1 residing in dorm

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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SINGAPORE - NOVEMBER 24: A man wearing protective face mask walks along a back alley of a popular tourist dining spot at Boat Quay on November 24, 2020 in Singapore. As of November 23, the Ministry of Health confirmed five new imported COVID-19 cases bringing the country's total to 58,165. For the 13th straight day, there are no new cases of locally transmitted infection. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
A man walking along a back alley of a popular tourist dining spot at Boat Quay in Singapore. (PHOTO: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed nine new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of noon on Thursday (3 December), taking the country’s total to 58,239.

There is one new case of locally-transmitted infection, who resides in a dormitory. In addition, there are 8 imported cases, who had been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore.

The new cases are asymptomatic.

All the close contacts of the locally-transmitted case at the dormitory and his workplace have been isolated and placed on quarantine.

Amongst the eight imported cases, one is a Singaporean and two are Singapore permanent residents who returned from the US.

Another two are work pass holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from Nepal. The remaining cases include a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from France, and two short-term visit pass holders who arrived from Indonesia to visit their Singaporean family members and fiancé respectively. They had already been placed on SHN upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN.

99% of total cases have recovered; none in ICU

With one more patient discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Thursday, 58,145 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, and none are in the intensive care unit.

A total of 39 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from 29 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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