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

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·2-min read
People, wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, cross a road along the Orchard Road shopping belt in Singapore on May 6, 2020. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
People wearing face masks along Orchard Road Singapore. (PHOTO: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed four new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Friday (6 November) noon, taking the country’s total to 58,047.

All the new cases are imported and asymptomatic. There are no new cases of locally-transmitted COVID-19 infection.

Of them, three are currently employed in Singapore – a work pass holder who arrived from France, a work permit holder who arrived from the Philippines and a short-term visit pass holder who arrived from the UK and is an engineer on a work project in Singapore. They had all been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN.

The remaining case is a special pass holder who is a crew member of a ship which arrived from the US. She had not disembarked from the ship, and was swabbed on board upon arrival in Singapore.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with a total of one case in the past week, who is currently unlinked.

As there have been no more cases linked to the cluster at Tuas South Dormitory (1 Tuas South Street 12) for the past two incubation periods, or 28 days, the cluster has now been closed.

Meanwhile, the MOH has completed screening and testing of 5,084 individuals working at Changi Airport Terminal 3 who may have contact with travellers. This was a precautionary measure following the detection of two cases who had worked at the Terminal.

All 5,084 results have come back negative for COVID-19. The MOH is working with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore to facilitate testing for 33 remaining individuals who have yet to be swabbed. In the meantime, they have been temporarily suspended from duties until they are tested negative for COVID-19.

99% of total cases have recovered; none in ICU

With 10 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Friday, 57,959 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 36 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 24 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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