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

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SINGAPORE - 2020/07/25: People wearing protective masks walk along Orchard Road, a famous shopping district in Singapore.  As of 26 July 2020, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Singapore are at 50,369. (Photo by Maverick Asio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
People walking along Orchard Road in Singapore. (PHOTO: Maverick Asio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed five new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Wednesday (18 November), taking the country’s total to 58,135.

All five cases are imported. For the eighth day in a row, there are no new cases of locally-transmitted infection.

“All new cases today are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance,” said the MOH.

Three are work permit holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from Myanmar, while one is a 15-year-old student’s pass holder who arrived from India.

The fifth case is a short-term visit pass holder who was allowed entry as he was already receiving medical care in Singapore and had returned for further treatment.

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

It added that the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with no new cases in the past week.

The ministry also announced the closure of the cluster at ASPRI-Westlite Papan – located at 5 Jalan Papan – as there have been no cases linked to it for the past two incubation periods, or 28 days.

99% of total cases have recovered

With seven more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Wednesday, 58,046 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 33 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 28 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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