7 new COVID cases in Singapore including two-year-old boy; one in community

Staff Writer, Singapore
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Temperature screening before the launch Restaurant A380 @Changi at Changi International Airport in Singapore.
Temperature screening before the launch Restaurant A380 @Changi at Changi International Airport in Singapore. (PHOTO: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed seven new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Thursday (5 November), taking the country’s total to 58,043.

Of them, six are imported, including a two-year-old Singaporean boy, while one is classified as a community case who developed symptoms after testing negative for COVID-19. “Amongst the new cases today, six are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while one was symptomatic,” said the ministry.

The lone case in the community – currently unlinked – is a short-term visit pass holder whose spouse is a permanent resident. He arrived in Singapore from the US on 11 October, and was placed on the stay-home notice upon his arrival here, said the MOH.

The 39-year-old man was tested on 22 October while serving the notice at a dedicated facility and his result had come back negative. Eight days later, he developed a fever and sought medical treatment at a general practitioner clinic but was diagnosed with suspected dengue, said the MOH.

“He later developed acute respiratory infection (ARI) symptoms, and was tested for COVID-19 on 2 November under our enhanced community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with ARI,” the ministry added.

The man was conveyed to a hospital when his test came back positive on Wednesday.

Amongst the six imported cases, one is a two-year-old Singaporean boy who returned from the Philippines, and two are PRs who returned from Iran and India. One is a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from the United Arab Emirates.

The remaining two cases are work permit holders currently employed here who arrived from Indonesia.

All imported cases were placed on the stay-home notice upon their arrival here and were tested while serving the notice.

The number of new cases in the community has remained low, with a total of two cases – both currently unlinked – in the past week, said the MOH.

Separately, the ministry added Al-Hussain Restaurant at 822 Tampines Street 81 and OCBC Centre’s OCBC Bank to a list of public venues visited by community cases while infectious. The two places were visited on 28 to 29 October from 11.30pm to 1.45am and 30 October from 3pm to 4.30pm, respectively.

99% of total cases have recovered; none in ICU

With 11 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Thursday, 57,949 cases – or 99.8 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 26 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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