17 new COVID cases in Singapore, all imported including 2-year-old boy

Staff Writer, Singapore
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People seen queueing at a vaccination centre in Jurong West on 23 February 2021. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
People seen queueing at a vaccination centre in Jurong West on 23 February 2021. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 17 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Monday (5 April), taking the country's total case count to 60,495.

All new cases are imported, marking the second day in a row with no locally transmitted infections. "All new cases today are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance," said the MOH.

Among the 17 imported cases, four are permanent residents who returned from India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Two other cases are a dependant’s pass holder and a work pass holder who arrived from India.

Another is a long-term visit pass holder, a two-year-old baby boy, who arrived from the UK.

Six of them are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia, of who one is a foreign domestic worker.

The remaining four cases are short-term visit pass holders, of whom three arrived from Brazil, Canada, and Serbia to participate in a sporting event. The fourth short-term visit pass holder arrived from the US with her child who is studying here.

All 17 imported cases were placed on the stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival here and were tested for COVID-19.

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. 

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99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU

With 12 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Monday, 60,214 cases – or 99.5 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 46 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while one of them is in the intensive care unit.

A total of 205 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 174 confirmed cases reported from 30 March to 5 April, 73 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 83 have tested negative, and 18 serology test results are pending.

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