COVID-19: Five new cases in Singapore, including one community case

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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SINGAPORE - 2020/11/21: People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the covid19 coronavirus walk along the Orchard Road after a downpour. Orchard Road is a famous shopping district in Singapore, lined with luxury-branded stores, delightful restaurants, and popular hotels. As of 23 November 2020, Singapore has recorded a total of 58,160 Covid-19 coronavirus cases, 28 infected patients died as a result. (Photo by Maverick Asio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - 2020/11/21: People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the covid19 coronavirus walk along the Orchard Road after a downpour. (Photo by Maverick Asio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed another five COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of noon on Monday (30 November), taking the country’s total to 58,218.

One of the cases was locally transmitted. There are no new cases in the dormitories. All new cases today are asymptomatic,

In addition, there are four imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore.

The sole community case is a short-term visit pass holder who was allowed entry into Singapore to visit his family members who are Singaporeans. The 35-year-old Nepali man is asymptomatic, and was detected when he went for a COVID-19 pre-departure test on 28 November before a scheduled trip to the US.

He was conveyed to the hospital when his test came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 29 November. His serological test result is also positive, which indicates likely past infection.

He had arrived in Singapore from Nepal on 1 November, and was placed on 14-day SHN at a dedicated facility upon arrival in Singapore from 1 November to 15 November. He was tested negative for COVID-19 infection on 11 November while serving SHN. He subsequently stayed at a friend’s flat at Bishan Street 22, and visited his family staying at Yishun Avenue 6.

Amongst the 4 imported cases, one is a Singaporean who returned to Singapore from Japan. The remaining three cases are work permit holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from Indonesia and India. They had all already been placed on SHN upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN.

The multi-ministry taskforce has been progressively conducting community surveillance testing for identified community groups, such as stallholders, food delivery personnel and cashiers across the island. It conducted community testing operations on 27 November and 28 November for individuals working at Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre. In all, 1,068 individuals were tested, and all the results have come back negative.

99% of total cases have recovered; none in ICU

With 10 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Monday, 58,134 cases – or 99.9 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 29 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and none are in the intensive care unit.

A total of 26 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.

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