All 9 new COVID cases in Singapore imported, including 80-year-old woman

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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People take photos at Merlion Park in Singapore.
People take photos at Merlion Park in Singapore. (PHOTO: Reuters/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed nine new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Friday (18 December), taking the country’s total to 58,386.

All nine cases are imported and there are no new local transmissions.

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

Two are Singaporeans and one is a permanent resident who returned from India and Austria.

Three others are work permit holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from Indonesia.

One is a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from the UK, and another, an 80-year-old woman, is a short-term visit pass holder who arrived from India to visit her Singaporean family member.

The remaining case is a special pass holder who arrived from India to board a ship docked here as a crew member.

All of them were either placed on the stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival here and subsequently tested.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with no new cases in the past week.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on Monday that Singapore’s Phase 3 reopening will begin on 28 December as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to ease with a fall in the number of locally transmitted cases.

99% of total cases have recovered

With 13 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Friday, 58,265 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 36 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and none are in the intensive care unit.

A total of 56 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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