SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed four new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Tuesday (13 October), taking the country’s tally to 57,884.
All four cases are imported, which also marks the first time since 25 March that new cases were not detected in foreign worker dormitories, said the MOH.
All but one of them are asymptomatic and proactively detected. Amongst them is a permanent resident who returned from India. Another is a short-term visit pass holder who was allowed entry into Singapore to visit a family member who is hospitalised here.
The remaining two cases are a training employment pass holder who arrived from India, and a student’s pass holder who arrived from France.
All four had been placed on the 14-day stay-home notice upon their arrival here and were tested while serving the notice.
The training employment pass holder had served his notice at a dedicated facility upon his arrival here on 25 September, said the MOH.
He was tested on 5 October while serving the notice and his test result was negative for COVID-19.
The man completed his notice on 9 October and developed symptoms on the same day, the ministry added.
“He subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 infection on 12 October when he took a pre-departure test in order to return to India. Between 9 October and 12 October, he had mostly remained at Dream Lodge Singapore (172 Tyrwhitt Road) but visited the National University Health System (NUHS) Tower Block on 9 October,” said the MOH.
The ministry also noted that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from an average of two cases per day in the week before, to an average of fewer than one per day in the past week.
It added that the number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from an average of fewer than one case per day in the week before, to none in the past week.
Separately, the MOH announced the closure of a cluster at Mandai Lodge I at 460 Mandai Road as there have not been any cases linked to it for the past two incubation periods, or 28 days.
99% of total cases have recovered; none in ICU
With 12 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Tuesday, 57,740 cases – or 99.7 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.
Most of the 35 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
A total of 81 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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