10 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

MOH reported 10 new Covid-19 cases, all imported, on Oct 23, 2020.
MOH reported 10 new Covid-19 cases, all imported, on Oct 23, 2020.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

SINGAPORE - There were 10 new coronavirus cases, all of whom were imported, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (Oct 23).

They returned from Bangladesh, France, the Philippines, Russia, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

The cases comprised one Singaporean, three work pass holders, three work permit holders, two dependant’s pass holders and one student’s pass holder.

Among them was a one-year-old baby girl who returned from the United Arab Emirates, MOH said.

All the imported cases were placed on stay-home notices when they arrived in Singapore.

No community cases were reported.

Friday’s new cases take Singapore’s total to 57,951.

No new locations visited by infectious Covid-19 patients and no new coronavirus clusters were announced on Friday.

The number of new cases in the community has decreased from four cases two weeks ago to two in the past week, the ministry added.

The number of unlinked cases in the community in a week has increased from no cases to two cases in the same period.

With three cases discharged on Friday, 57,817 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 52 patients remain in hospital while 39 are recuperating in community facilities. None is intensive care. 

Singapore has had 28 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.

On Thursday, MOH reported that a one-year-old baby girl was among the eight new coronavirus cases.

The girl is a short-term visit pass holder who returned from India. She was asymptomatic and confirmed positive on Wednesday.

She is also a contact of a 41-year-old permanent resident who was among the Covid-19 cases announced on Tuesday.

Another imported case on Thursday was a 70-year-old Indonesian man.

The short-term visit pass holder returned from Indonesia and was confirmed positive on Wednesday.

The remaining five new imported cases included a Singaporean, a permanent resident, a work pass holder, a work permit holder and a short-term visit pass holder.

All the imported cases had been placed on stay-home notices when they arrived in Singapore.

There were no new Covid-19 patients in the community on Thursday but there was one local case from a workers' dormitory, who was detected through MOH's rostered routine testing of workers staying in dormitories every fortnight.

No new locations visited by infectious Covid-19 patients were announced on Thursday. There were no new clusters as well.

Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December last year, has infected more than 41.23 million people. More than 1.13 million people have died.