35 new COVID cases in Singapore, including one in community

Staff Writer, Singapore
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People jog along the Jubilee Bridge as the sun rises behind the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay on February 15, 2021 in Singapore.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People jog along the Jubilee Bridge as the sun rises behind the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay on 15 February, 2021 in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 35 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Wednesday (7 April), taking the country's total case count to 60,554.

One is a locally transmitted case in the community, while the remaining 34 are imported. It is the highest daily total since 43 new cases were reported last Friday.

"Amongst the new cases today, 31 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while four were symptomatic," said the MOH.

Wednesday's lone community case, currently unlinked, is a 40 year-old Myanmar woman who is a foreign domestic worker. 

She arrived from Myanmar on 13 November last year and served her stay-home notice at a dedicated facility. Her test taken on 23 November during her notice was negative for COVID-19. 

While the woman was serving her notice, she had been identified as a close contact of a previous case – a 29-year-old female compatriot – during their flight to Singapore, and was placed on quarantine from 24 to 27 November. 

On 27 November, the 40-year-old woman started work at her employer’s residence. She developed a headache on 2 April and shortness of breath on 4 April, and was tested for COVID-19 when she sought medical treatment on 4 April. 

The woman's test result came back positive for COVID-19 on the same day and she was warded at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. Another test conducted by the National Public Health Laboratory on 5 April was negative for COVID-19 .

"Her serological test result has come back positive, which is indicative of a past infection. She could be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA, which are no longer transmissible and infective to others, but given that we are not able to definitively conclude when she had been infected, we will take all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure," said the MOH.

The ministry noted that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from three in the week before to two in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from three in the week before to two in the past week.

Separately, it also added two new venues to a list of public places visited by COVID-19 community cases while they are infectious. Prime Supermarket at 373 Bukit Batok Street 31 was visited on 3 April from 7.30am to 8.40am and Bukit Gombak Wet Market was visited the next day from 7am to 9am.

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34 imported cases, including a 1-year-old boy

Among the 34 imported cases, one is a Singaporean who returned from the UK. Three others are dependant’s pass holders – including a four-year-old girl – who arrived from France, India and Indonesia.

Four cases are work pass holders who arrived from France, India and Indonesia.

Twenty-three of them are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, of whom seven are foreign domestic workers. 

Two female work permit holders, aged 23 and 38, who arrived from Indonesia and Philippines, respectively, are two of Wednesday's four symptomatic cases.

The three remaining cases are short-term visit pass holders, including a 35-year-old man who arrived from Canada – Wednesday's fourth symptomatic case – to participate in a sporting event. 

Two short-term visit pass holders – including a one-year-old baby boy – arrived from Bangladesh and India to visit their family members who are Singaporeans or PRs.

All 34 imported cases were placed on the stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival here and were tested for COVID-19.

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99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU

With 21 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Wednesday, 60,260 cases – or 99.5 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 46 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while one of them is in the intensive care unit.

A total of 218 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from the 30 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.

Among the 173 confirmed cases reported from 1 to 7 April, 69 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 78 have tested negative, and 26 serology test results are pending.

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