Nine new Covid-19 infections in Singapore, with seven imported cases and two locally transmitted

Singapore reported nine new cases of Covid-19 today. — Reuters pic
Singapore reported nine new cases of Covid-19 today. — Reuters pic

SINGAPORE, Oct 30 — Singapore has confirmed nine new cases of Covid-19 today, seven of which were imported. There is one case in the community and one other involving a migrant worker staying at a dormitory.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said that all of the cases have no symptoms.

The one case in the community is a 20-year-old permanent resident who was detected when he underwent a pre-departure Covid-19 test on October 27 before a planned trip to India.

MOH said that the man had been in India in July and August and had served his 14-day stay-home notice at a dedicated facility here when he returned on August 28.

He tested negative for the coronavirus while serving his notice.

“His serological test taken on October 29 is positive, and epidemiological investigations are ongoing to determine if this could be a past infection,” MOH said.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has gone up from two in the week before to four in the past week.

The number of cases with no known links in the community has also gone up from one in the week before to four in the past week.

The imported cases reported on Friday comprise of one permanent resident, one long-term visit pass holder, three work pass holders, one work permit holder and one special pass holder.

MOH said that the special pass holder is a 37-year-old Filipino man who had arrived here to board a ship docked in Singapore as a crew member.

The others had travel history to Bangladesh, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and the United States.

All the seven imported cases had been placed on stay-home notices upon their arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving their notices.

As for the one case in the foreign worker dormitory, MOH said that the migrant worker had been identified earlier as a contact of previous cases, and had already been quarantined to prevent further transmission.

Updates on remaining cases

The total number of infections in Singapore now stands at 58,003.

Of these, 57,909 people have fully recovered and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities, including 10 on Friday.

There are still 42 patients in hospitals and most are in stable condition or improving. No one is in intensive care.

Another 24 patients are isolated and being cared for at community facilities. They have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still tested positive for Covid-19.

Twenty-eight people have died from complications due to Covid-19. — TODAY

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