COVID-19: Singapore detects 12 new cases, all imported

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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People seen walking along Marina Bay promenade on 17 March. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
People seen walking along Marina Bay promenade on 17 March. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 12 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore as of noon on Sunday (21 March), taking the country's total case count to 60,196.

All the new cases are imported and have been placed on Stay-Home Notice since their arrival in the country, said MOH in a news release. There are no new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection.

Of the cases – 10 are asymptomatic and two are symptomatic – one is a Singaporean who returned from India; one is a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from Nepal; two are long-term visit pass holders who arrived from India; one is a work pass holder who arrived from Nepal; three are work permit holders who arrived from India, Indonesia and the Philippines, all of whom are foreign domestic workers; and four are special pass holders who are sea crew. 

The latter group arrived from Indonesia on a vessel, and were tested onboard without disembarking.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from two cases in the week before to none in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from two cases in the week before to none in the past week.

99% of total cases have recovered, none in ICU

With 16 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Sunday, 60,038 cases – or 99.7 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 18 hospitalised cases are stable or improving. None of them are in the intensive care unit.

A total of 110 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 91 confirmed cases reported from 15 to 21 March, 34 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 36 have tested negative, and 21 serology test results are pending.

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