COVID-19: Singapore confirms six new cases, one more death

A woman on a stand up paddleboarder paddle past commercial vessels anchored at East Coast Park on 28 November 2020 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
A woman on a stand up paddleboarder paddle past commercial vessels anchored at East Coast Park on 28 November 2020 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed six new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Saturday (28 November), taking the country’s total case count to 58,205, as the country saw its first COVID-related death since early October.

There is one new case of locally-transmitted infection.

“Based on our investigations so far, the case is in the community, and was detected from our community surveillance testing of stallholders in and around Tekka Centre on 26 November. Her serological test result has come back positive, which indicates likely past infection,” said the ministry.

“In addition, there are five imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore.”

All new cases on Saturday are asymptomatic, and were detected from MOH’s proactive screening and surveillance.

One more death

Case 58343, a 68 year-old male Singaporean, died on Friday. He had travelled to Indonesia on 10 March for work, and returned to Singapore on 17 November after experiencing shortness of breath since 11 November, and had been admitted to a hospital upon arrival in Singapore.

According to MOH, he was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 18 November, and had a past history of hypertension and heart disease. The cause of death as determined by the pathologist is ischaemic heart disease with COVID-19.

Community case unlinked

The sole community case on Saturday is currently unlinked. She is a Singaporean stallholder selling mutton at Tekka Market.

She works with a co-worker at her stall at Tekka Market, and stays at Yishun Street 22 with her husband, who has been working at Mustafa Centre for the past few years. She regularly visits her children who stay at Bishan Street 13 and Tampines Street 86.

The woman was conveyed to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases on Friday when her test result came back positive.

Epidemiological investigations are in progress.

99% of total cases have recovered; 1 in ICU

With eight more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Saturday, 58,119 cases – or 99.9 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 32 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and none are in the intensive care unit.

A total of 25 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from 29 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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