24 new COVID cases in Singapore, all imported for 3rd straight day

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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People wearing protective face masks cross a street, amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Singapore on 14 July, 2020. (PHOTO: Reuters)
People wearing protective face masks cross a street, amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Singapore on 14 July, 2020. (PHOTO: Reuters)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 24 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Tuesday (6 April), taking the country's total case count to 60,519.

All new cases are imported, marking the third day in a row with no locally transmitted infections. "Amongst the new cases today, 23 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while one was symptomatic," said the MOH.

Among the 24 imported cases, five are permanent residents who returned from India and Malaysia.

One case is a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from Ukraine and another is a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from the Philippines.

Two others are student's pass holders who arrived from India, while another is a work pass holder – a 37-year-old man who is Tuesday's sole symptomatic case – who arrived from Bangladesh.

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Twelve cases are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, and Malaysia, of whom one is a foreign domestic worker.

The two remaining cases are short-term visit pass holders, who both arrived from India – one to visit family members who are PRs and the other for a work project here.

All 24 imported cases 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 remained stable at two per week in the past two weeks. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also remained stable at two per week in the past two weeks.

As at Saturday, around 1.52 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Singapore – around 1.05 million individuals have received at least one dose of the vaccine, of which more than 468,000 have received their second dose and completed the full vaccination regimen.

99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU

With 25 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Tuesday, 60,239 cases – or 99.5 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 48 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while one of them is in the intensive care unit.

A total of 202 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.

Amongst the 172 confirmed cases reported from 31 March to 6 April, 66 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 82 have tested negative, and 24 serology test results are pending.

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