SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 407 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Sunday (14 June) noon, bringing the total number of cases to 40,604.
There is one imported case involving a Bangladeshi man who arrived in Singapore on 10 June to seek medical treatment that is not related to COVID-19 infection. “His health declaration submitted before immigration clearance indicated he did not have any COVID-19 symptoms, and had not been diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19 infection. He was subsequently tested for COVID-19 after arrival in Singapore and his results came back positive on 13 June,” the MOH said. “Contact tracing is ongoing, and identified close contacts have been placed on quarantine.”
There are nine cases in the community, of whom four are Singaporeans and five are work pass holders.
Among the four Singaporean cases, three (Cases 40268, 40479 and 40480) were detected due to the MOH’s proactive surveillance of persons working at dormitories – Cases 40268 and 40480 were asymptomatic. “The remaining case (Case 40571) is a family member of a previously confirmed case, and had already been quarantined earlier. He is asymptomatic, and had been swabbed during quarantine to verify his status,” the MOH said.
All five work pass holders were picked up as a result of proactive screening. Two of them (Cases 40269 and 40478) work at dormitories, while Cases 40558, 40559 and 40560 were tested as part of efforts to screen workers in essential services.
Contacts of infected student isolated
The MOH said that 47 students and 12 staff members who had been in close contact with the infected St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School student have been put on either Leave of Absence or Home Quarantine Order. “All 47 students have been tested for COVID-19, and their test results have all come back negative. The results for the staff are pending,” the MOH revealed.
Over 29,500 have recovered
With 781 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, 29,589 cases have fully recovered from the infection.
Most of the 238 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while two are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
A total of 10,751 patients with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive are isolated and cared for at community facilities.
Apart from 26 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 10 others who tested positive for the virus have died from unrelated causes, including three whose deaths were attributed to a heart attack and another three, including the 44-year-old male Indian national who died on 8 June, 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.
As of 8 June, the ministry has conducted 488,695 swab tests, of which 284,963 were done on unique individuals. This translates to around 85,700 swabs conducted per 1 million total population, and about 50,000 unique individuals swabbed per 1 million total population.
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