25 new COVID cases in S'pore, all imported including 7-year-old boy

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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Tan Liat Leng, 39, accompanies her mother Lim Bing, 78 to get her coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a vaccination center in Singapore January 27, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su
People waiting to get their coronavirus disease vaccine at a vaccination centre in Singapore on 27 January, 2021. (PHOTO: Reuters)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 25 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Wednesday (27 January), taking the country’s total case count to 59,391.

All cases are imported, marking the fifth day in a row with no new local transmissions.

“Amongst the new cases today, 22 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while three were symptomatic,” said the MOH.

Among the 25 imported cases, four are permanent residents who returned from India and the United Arab Emirates.

Another case is a dependant’s pass holder – a seven-year-old boy – who arrived from India, while two are work pass holders who arrived from India and the United Arab Emirates.

The remaining 18 cases are work permit holders who arrived from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, of whom 16 are foreign domestic workers.

All of them were placed on the stay-home notice upon their arrival here and were tested while serving their notices.

The MOH said the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 18 in the week before to five cases in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from six in the week before to one in the past week.

On Tuesday, the MOH confirmed that three previously reported community cases have the UK strain of the novel coronavirus.

Authorities confirmed Singapore’s first case of the B.1.1.7 strain on 23 December last year, as well as 11 others who have tested preliminarily positive for the strain.

99% of total cases have recovered

With 18 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Wednesday, 59,104 cases – or 99.5 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 38 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and none in the intensive care unit.

A total of 220 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.

Amongst the 194 confirmed cases reported from 21 to 27 January, 110 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 32 have tested negative, and 52 serology test results are pending.

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