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

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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People walking along the Orchard Road shopping belt in Singapore.
People walking along the Orchard Road shopping belt in Singapore. (PHOTO: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed four new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Thursday (19 November), taking the country’s total to 58,139.

All four of them are imported cases. For the ninth straight day, there are no new cases of locally-transmitted infection.

“Amongst the new cases today, three are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while one was symptomatic,” said the MOH.

One is a 68-year-old Singaporean man and another is a permanent resident who returned from Indonesia and India respectively.

The Singaporean had been experiencing shortness of breath since 11 November but declared that he did not have any of the specified symptoms, including shortness of breath, in his health declaration form submitted for immigration clearance on 17 November.

“Investigations are ongoing to assess if there has been any breach of our travel requirements. We urge everyone to continue to exercise social responsibility and will not hesitate to take enforcement actions against those who breach the rules,” said the MOH.

The remaining cases are a work permit holder currently employed in Singapore who arrived from Indonesia and a special pass holder who arrived from Montenegro to board a ship docked here as a crew member.

All cases had already been placed on the stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival here and were tested while serving the notices, said the MOH.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has remained low, 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 Thursday, 58,052 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 28 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 31 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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