17 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

Singapore reports 17 new Covid-19 cases, which are all imported. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - There were 17 new imported cases of Covid-19 announced by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (March 14).

All of the individuals were on stay-home notice when they were tested.

Two had symptoms, while the rest were asymptomatic.

MOH said the number of new cases in the community decreased to two cases in the past week from four cases in the week before.

The number of unlinked cases in the community also decreased to two cases in the past week from three cases the week before.

Education Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the government task force tackling the pandemic, said almost 10 per cent of Singapore's population has received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, he said more than 500,000 people have had at least the first dose.

"This month we are focusing on those in the 60 to 69 age group as well as those in priority sectors like education," he said.

"As more vaccine supplies become available, we will be stepping up the programme to cover the rest of our population in good time."

Currently, only the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been approved for use in Singapore.

A total of 17 patients remain in hospital, with none in critical condition, while 90 are recuperating in community facilities.

Meanwhile, seven more people have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, and 59,953 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

There have been 30 deaths from complications due to Covid-19, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.

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