COVID-19: Singapore confirms nine new cases, one in the community

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·2-min read
A Chinese traveller comes out of the arrival hall after landing at Singapore Changi Airport in Singapore.
A Chinese traveller comes out of the arrival hall after landing at Singapore Changi Airport in Singapore. (PHOTO: Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed nine new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Tuesday (10 November) noon, taking the country’s total to 58,073.

Of the new cases, one is in the community, one resides in a dormitory and seven are imported.

Seven of the new cases are asymptomatic and the other two are symptomatic.

The sole case in the community, who is currently unlinked, was last at work as a cleaner on 2 November. He developed symptoms a day later, and sought medical treatment at a general practitioner clinic, where he was tested for COVID-19 under community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor.

The sole case in a dormitory was detected through bi-weekly rostered routine testing of workers living in dormitories. His serological test result has come back positive, which indicates likely past infection.

Amongst the seven imported cases, one is a Singaporean and another is a Singapore permanent resident who returned from Uzbekistan and Indonesia respectively. Another two are work permit holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from Indonesia. The next case is a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from the UAE. The remaining cases are short-term visit pass holders - one is on a work project in Singapore while the other case has a Singaporean spouse.

They had all already been placed on SHN or isolated upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN.

Six new places were added to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community while they were infectious: Bugis Street, Mustafa Centre, Burger King at Kitchener Complex, Kopitiam at V Hotel, Jurong Point and Kopitiam at Jurong East.

COVID-19 cases who visited public places in the community while infectious 28 Oct- 8 Nov 2020. (TABLE: Ministry of Health)
COVID-19 cases who visited public places in the community while infectious 28 Oct- 8 Nov 2020. (TABLE: Ministry of Health)

99% of total cases have recovered

With four more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Tuesday, 57,985 cases – or 99.6 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 40 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 20 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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