12 new COVID cases in Singapore, all imported

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·2 min read
A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is pictured at Gleneagles hospital's vaccination exercise for healthcare workers, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Singapore January 19, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su
A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is pictured at Gleneagles hospital's vaccination exercise for healthcare workers, during the coronavirus disease outbreak, on 19 January, 2021. (PHOTO: Reuters)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 12 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore on Monday (15 March), taking the country's total case count to 60,117.

All cases are imported and there are no local infections reported for the third day in a row.

"All new cases today are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance," said the MOH.

Of the 12 imported cases, two are permanent residents – including a 10-year-old girl – who returned from India and Malaysia. Two others are dependant’s pass holders who arrived from Nepal and Switzerland.

Another three are work pass holders who arrived from India, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates.

The remaining five are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, of whom three are foreign domestic workers.

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

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from four 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.

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99% of total cases have recovered, none in ICU

With six more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Monday, 59,974 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 20 hospitalised cases are stable or improving. None of them are in the intensive care unit.

A total of 93 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

On Saturday, the MOH reported Singapore's 30th COVID-19 related fatality – a 61-year-old Singaporean man who had been in the United Arab Emirates for work and returned to Singapore on 30 January. The man had a past history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and gout.

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.

Amongst the 71 confirmed cases reported from 9 to 15 March, 30 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 24 have tested negative, and 17 serology test results are pending.

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