COVID-19: Singapore confirms 33 new cases, all imported

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·2 min read
Kayakers at Marina Bay in Singapore.
Kayakers at Marina Bay in Singapore. (PHOTO: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed the detection of 33 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore as of noon on Saturday (2 January), taking the country’s total case count to 58,662.

All of the new cases are imported, and had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore, said the ministry.

“Among them, six are Singapore permanent residents, and nine are foreign domestic workers.”

The 33 new cases are the highest number of cases in single day since 15 September, when 34 new cases were reported. This is also the most number of new imported cases reported in a day since 28 March, when 42 new imported cases were reported.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from one case in the week before to 10 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from one case in the week before to four cases in the past week.

33 imported cases

Among the 33 imported cases

  • Six are permanent residents who returned from India and Indonesia

  • Five are dependant’s pass holders who arrived from India and the US

  • Two are long-term visit pass holders who arrived from Egypt and India

  • One is a student’s pass holder who arrived from India

  • Six are work pass holders who arrived from India and Myanmar.

  • 12 are work permit holders who arrived from Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and the Philippines, of whom nine are foreign domestic workers.

  • One is a short-term visit pass holder who arrived from Indonesia to visit her Singaporean parent.

99% of total cases have recovered

With 17 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Saturday, 58,476 cases – or 99.7 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 61 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and one is in the intensive care unit.

A total of 96 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.

Singapore entered Phase 3 of reopening on Monday.

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