73-year-old Briton among 12 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

The 12 arrivals all tested positive after being placed on stay-home notices.
The 12 arrivals all tested positive after being placed on stay-home notices.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - A 73-year-old British man who arrived in Singapore from Indonesia was one of 12 Covid-19 cases reported by the Ministry of Health on Monday (March 22).

All were imported. It has been 10 days since Singapore recorded a case of local transmission.

The 12 arrivals all tested positive after being placed on stay-home notices.

The 73-year-old - along with nine others - was asymptomatic when tested, while the two remaining patients had symptoms.

Monday's cases brought Singapore's total number of recorded Covid-19 infections to 60,208.

The Briton was here on a short-term visit pass to see a family member.

The 11 others comprised a dependant's pass holder and two work pass holders who had come from India, six work permit holders who had travelled from Bangladesh and India, and another two short-term visit pass holders who had also arrived from India.

The Health Ministry said that out of the 91 cases reported from March 16 to March 22, 31 have given a positive serology test result, while 43 have tested negative. The other 17 results are pending.

With 13 patients discharged on Monday, 60,036 have recovered from the disease. A total of 21 patients remain in hospital, with none in intensive care, while 106 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 123 million people. More than 2.7 million have died.