11 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

All 11 imported cases had been placed on stay-home notices or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - A four-year-old girl coming from Nepal was among 11 new coronavirus cases confirmed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday night (March 16).

All of them were imported cases who were tested during their stay-home-notices or in isolation on arrival in Singapore.

The new cases brought Singapore's tally to 60,128.

There were no community cases or cases from workers' dormitories, MOH added.

All 11 new cases were asymptomatic when tested, said MOH.

They comprised five dependant's pass holders coming from India and Nepal, one student's pass holder coming from India, one work pass holder coming from Turkey and three work permit holders arriving from Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia.

There was also a special pass holder - a 43-year-old woman who is a crew member on a vessel from the Philippines.

MOH said she had remained onboard until she was brought to the hospital for abdominal pain.

It added that epidemiological investigations on these cases are ongoing, and that all their identified close contacts have been isolated and placed on quarantine.

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

The number of unlinked cases in the community in a week has decreased from three cases to two over the same period.

MOH also reported that among the 76 confirmed cases reported from March 10 to March 16, 35 cases have tested positive for their serology tests while 25 have tested negative.

Another 16 serology test results are pending.

With 10 cases discharged on Tuesday, 59,969 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 21 patients remain in hospital, with none in intensive care, while 93 are recuperating in community facilities.

Singapore has had 30 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.

Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December 2019, has infected more than 119 million people. Over 2.6 million people have died.

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