10 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, all imported and asymptomatic

MOH reported 10 new Covid-19 cases, all imported, on Jan 23, 2021.
MOH reported 10 new Covid-19 cases, all imported, on Jan 23, 2021.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - All 10 new Covid-19 cases reported on Saturday (Jan 23) were imported, and had been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). 

All of them were asymptomatic and were detected from proactive screening and surveillance, added MOH in its daily update. 

The new cases took Singapore’s total to 59,260. There were no new cases in the community or at workers’ dormitories.

The new cases comprise two Singaporeans, one work pass holder, five work permit holders, and two short-term visit pass holders.

The Singaporeans are a 36-year-old woman and an eight-year-old boy who returned from India. They have four previous cases as common contacts, including each other. 

The work pass holder, a 42-year-old man, also came from India. 

The work permit holders are all foreign domestic workers who arrived from Indonesia and Myanmar. 

One of the short-term visit pass holder came from the United States to visit his Singaporean fiancee, and another came from Ecuador for a work project in Singapore. 

The number of new cases in the community has increased to 17 cases in the past week, from six cases in the week before. 

The number of unlinked cases in the community has decreased to three cases from four cases over the same time period.

Two new places were added to the list of public places visited by cases in the community during the period when they were infectious.

They are ESR BizPark @ Chai Chee at 750 Chai Chee Road on Jan 17, and Upper Boon Keng Market & Food Centre on Jan 15. 

Of the 177 cases reported from last Sunday to Saturday, 89 have tested positive for their serology tests, 30 have tested negative, and 58 results are pending.

With 32 cases discharged on Saturday, 59,000 patients have fully recovered from the disease. 

A total of 38 patients remain in hospital, with none in the intensive care unit, while 178 are recuperating in community facilities. 

Singapore has had 29 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.