COVID-19: Singapore confirms 9 new cases, total case count crosses 60,000

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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A housekeeper cleans the reception lobby area pantry at Connect@Changi in Singapore.
A housekeeper cleans the reception lobby area pantry at Connect@Changi in Singapore. (PHOTO: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed nine new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Friday (5 March), taking the country's total case count to 60,007.

There are no new cases of locally-transmitted infection. All new cases are imported and asymptomatic. They had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from four cases in the week before to three cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at two cases per week in the past two weeks. 

Among the cases, three are dependant’s pass holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India and South Africa, one is a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from South Africa, three are work pass holders who arrived from India and the Philippines, and two are work permit holders who arrived from Indonesia and the Philippines, of whom one is a foreign domestic worker.

99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU

With 13 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Friday, 59,870 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 17 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, with one of them in the intensive care unit.

A total of 91 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.

Amongst the 94 confirmed cases reported from 27 February to 5 March, 52 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 26 have tested negative, and 16 serology test results are pending.

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