COVID-19: Singapore confirms one new imported case

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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This photograph taken February 13, 2021 shows people taking photos against the city skyine in Singapore. (Photo by Roslan Rahman / AFP) (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
People taking photos against the city skyine in Singapore on 13 February, 2021. (PHOTO: AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed one new case of COVID-19 in Singapore on Tuesday (16 February), taking the country's total case count to 59,810.

There are no new locally transmitted infections.

The lone case – an imported infection – is a work permit holder who arrived from Indonesia. The 34-year-old foreign domestic worker was placed on the stay-home notice upon her arrival here on 2 February and was tested while serving the notice.

Her serology test has come back positive, indicating a likely past infection.

"However as she did not undergo a serology test upon arrival in Singapore, we are not able to definitively conclude that she was no longer infectious when she arrived in Singapore. As a precautionary measure, we will take all the necessary public health actions," said the MOH.

The ministry noted that the number of new cases in the community has increased from four in the week before to five in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has decreased from four in the week before to two in the past week.

Separately, the ministry also announced the closure of the case 59280 cluster – named after the case number of a 32-year-old Singaporean man who works as a para-veterinarian at the Singapore Police Force's K-9 Unit – as no more cases have been linked to it for the past two incubation periods, or 28 days.

The MOH added that since 5 February, newly arrived work permit and s pass holders in the construction, marine, and process sectors – as well as foreign domestic workers and confinement nannies – who have recent travel history to higher-risk countries or regions, are progressively required to undergo mandatory on-arrival polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and serology tests.

99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU

With 20 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Tuesday, 59,661 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 30 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and one in the intensive care unit.

A total of 90 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.

Amongst the 78 confirmed cases reported from 10 to 16 February, 45 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 20 have tested negative, and 13 serology test results are pending.

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