SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed another 93 COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Wednesday (19 August), taking the country’s total to 56,031.
Of them, two are community cases, while six are imported ones, including two Singaporeans. The remaining 85 are work permit holders living in dormitories currently under quarantine.
Overall, five per cent of the new cases have no established links.
Both cases in the community were picked up as a result of proactive surveillance and screening, even though they are asymptomatic, said the MOH.
“Cases 56100 and 56104 were detected from our periodic testing of workers in essential services who are living outside the dorms. Epidemiological investigations of the cases are in progress,” it added.
All their identified close contacts have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period to detect asymptomatic cases, said the MOH.
Serological tests will also be conducted for their household contacts to determine if these cases could have been infected by them.
Amongst the six imported cases, two – 56046 and 56105 – are Singaporeans who returned to Singapore from India on 7 August and the UAE on 8 August.
Two others – cases 56113 and 56114 – are dependant’s pass holders who arrived from India on 10 August. Case 56023 is a work permit holder currently employed in Singapore, who arrived from China on 7 August. The remaining case 56024 is a student’s pass holder who arrived from Vietnam on 7 August.
All six imported cases had been placed on the 14-day stay-home notice upon their arrival here and had been tested while serving their notices.
The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has remained stable at an average of two cases per day in the past two weeks. Similarly, the number of unlinked cases in the community has also remained stable at an average of one case per day in the past two weeks.
KTV at HomeTeamNS Khatib: 321 contacted, 193 test results negative
Separately, the ministry said on Wednesday that it had contacted 321 people who had visited Jewel Music Box KTV at HomeTeamNS Khatib on 1 and 2 August and facilitated COVID-19 testing for them.
“This is a precautionary measure following the detection of three cases (55169, 55469 and 55712) who had visited the KTV during the affected dates, even though the risk of infection for visitors is assessed to be low,” it added.
To date, a total of 293 people have been swabbed, with 193 test results coming back negative for COVID-19. This included the results of four people who had reported acute respiratory infection symptoms and were conveyed to the hospital for further medical assessment.
“100 conducted swabs are pending test results. MOH is facilitating testing for the remaining 28 individuals who have yet to be swabbed,” it added.
These visitors had been invited to preview the new KTV premise on the two dates with most staying “for a short period of time”, said the MOH in a previous press release. The KTV was not operational during the visits and there were no singing activities held.
The ministry also announced the closure of clusters linked to dorms at 2 Fan Yoong Road, 10 Shaw Road and 15 Tuas View Square. They now house only recovered individuals and those who have recently tested negative for COVID-19, it said.
Authorities here have completed the testing of all workers in the dorms, with around 17,900 of them currently serving out their quarantine period as of Tuesday.
Of Singapore’s COVID-19 cases, 52,996 – or some 95 per cent – are foreign workers living in dorms.
Over 52,800 discharged; none in ICU
A total of 277 more patients were discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Wednesday. In all, 52,810 – some 94 per cent of the tally – have fully recovered from the infection and been discharged.
Most of the 87 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and none are in the intensive care unit.
A total of 3,107 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These patients have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.
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.
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