COVID-19: MOH reports 188 new cases including 2 Singaporeans

·Editorial Team
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Orchard Road in June 2020. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
Orchard Road in June 2020. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 188 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Monday (10 August) noon, taking the country’s total case count to 55,292.

Of the cases, there is one community case, 12 imported cases and 175 foreign workers residing in dormitories.

The community (case 55350) is a 60-year-old Singaporean man who had been identified as a contact of a previously confirmed case, and had been placed on quarantine earlier. He was tested during quarantine to determine his status.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained stable at an average of two cases per day in the past two weeks. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also remained stable at an average of one case per day in the past two weeks.

Amongst the 12 imported cases, one is a Singaporean and three are Singapore permanent residents (cases 55205, 55284, 55286 and 55336) who returned to Singapore on 29 July from India, Bangladesh and the Philippines. Another five (cases 55283, 55287, 55353, 55354 and 55355) are work pass/work permit holders who are currently employed in Singapore. They arrived in Singapore from the Philippines on 29 July.

The remaining three (cases 55226, 55285 and 55328) are dependant’s pass holders who arrived from India on 27 July and 28 July.

All of them had been placed on 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore, and were serving their SHN at dedicated facilities.

Over 49,600 discharged; none in ICU

With 694 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Monday, 49,609 cases – some 89 per cent of the tally – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 112 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 5,544 patients with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from 27 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.

“Only cases where the attending doctor or pathologist attributes the primary or underlying cause of death as due to COVID-19 infection will be added to the COVID-19 death count,” said the MOH in previous press releases, adding that the method of assessment is consistent with international practices for classifying deaths.

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