17 new Covid-19 cases in S'pore, all imported

The imported cases had been placed on stay-home notices or isolated on arrival in Singapore.
The imported cases had been placed on stay-home notices or isolated on arrival in Singapore.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SINGAPORE - There were 17 new coronavirus cases confirmed at noon on Saturday (Dec 19), all of which were imported.

The imported cases were already placed on stay-home notices or isolated on arrival in Singapore when they were tested, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

There were no new community cases and none from worker dormitories.

Saturday's cases take Singapore's total to 58,403.

Among the imported cases are a Singaporean and two permanent residents who returned from the United Kingdom, India and the United States.

Another eight cases are work permit holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from Indonesia and India.

The remaining six cases are short-term visit pass holders. Two arrived from the UK and India to visit their family members who are Singaporeans or permanent residents, and one person arrived from Malaysia for a work project here.

The last three are crew members of a ship which arrived from Indonesia. They did not disembark from the ship and were tested for Covid-19 onboard.

MOH said epidemiological investigations are in progress. Meanwhile, all identified close contacts of the cases have been isolated and quarantined.

They will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that asymptomatic cases can be detected, the ministry added. 

Serological tests for close contacts will also be conducted to determine if the cases could have been infected by them, MOH said.

The ministry added that the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with no new cases in the past week.

With nine cases discharged on Saturday, 58,259 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 38 patients remain in hospital, with none in intensive care, and 62 patients are still recuperating in community facilities.

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

On Friday, nine new imported coronavirus cases were confirmed.

There were no new community cases and none from workers' dormitories.

The imported cases included two Singaporeans and a Singapore permanent resident who returned from India and Austria. They were all asymptomatic.

The remaining cases are three work permit holders who are currently employed in Singapore, a dependant's pass holder, a short-term visit pass holder and a special pass holder.

The special pass holder arrived here from India to board a ship docked here as a crew member.

MOH said all the imported cases had been placed on stay-home notices or were isolated upon arrival in Singapore, and were tested during that period.

Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December last year, has infected more than 76.2 million people. More than 1.6 million people have died.