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Non-Singaporean arrivals from India accounted for 63% of imported COVID-19 cases between Apr-Aug

A man walks along the transit area at Changi International Airport terminal in Singapore on June 8, 2020, as Singapore prepares to reopen its borders after shutting them to curb the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
A man walks along the transit area at Changi Airport on 8 June 2020 (PHOTO: AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Non-Singaporean travellers arriving from India make up the highest number of imported COVID-19 cases over a five-month period here, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in a written parliamentary reply on Friday (4 September).

Between 1 April and 31 August, 183 cases who arrived from India had tested positive for the virus here, comprising some 63 per cent of the total of 292 non-Singaporean imported cases the city-state saw in the same period.

This is followed by the Philippines with 46 non-Singaporean imported cases, and Indonesia with 15, said Gan, who is also the COVID-19 multi-ministry taskforce co-chair.

Of the 292 cases, 56 are permanent residents, 110 are work pass holders, 99 are long-term visit holders while 27 are short-term visit pass holders.

Gan was responding to questions raised by Hougang SMC MP Dennis Tan from the Workers’ Party.

On Friday, the Ministry of Health announced 40 more COVID-19 cases, three of which – including a Singaporean – were classified as imported cases from India.

The city-state now has a total of 56,948 COVID-19 cases, of which over 98 per cent have fully recovered while 27 have died.

Meanwhile, India has 3.94 million cases, while the Philippines and Indonesia have over 232,000 and more than 187,000 cases, respectively.

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