2 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, both imported

Singapore confirms 2 new Covid-19 cases, which are both imported.
Singapore confirms 2 new Covid-19 cases, which are both imported.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - Two new imported coronavirus cases were confirmed on Sunday (Nov 8). Both were asymptomatic and tested as part a screening programme, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

One is a 38-year-old work permit holder who came from Indonesia, the other a 38-year-old Indian national who holds a dependant’s pass and had arrived from United Arab Emirates.

The new cases take the total number of Covid-19 infections in Singapore to 58,056. There were no new cases in the community or from worker’s dormitories for the third day in a row, the MOH noted.

All identified close contacts of the two imported cases have been isolated and they will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period.

Serological tests will also be conducted on close contacts to determine if the cases could have been infected by them. Such tests are typically done to determine previous infections.

On Saturday, MOH reported seven new coronavirus cases, all of whom were imported.

Among the seven imported cases, two are Singaporeans - a 59-year-old woman who had been to the United Kingdom and a 46-year-old man who had travelled to Canada.

Another one is a permanent resident, a 55-year-old woman who had been to South Korea.

Two of the new cases are currently employed here - a 28-year-old male work pass holder who arrived from the Netherlands, and a 36-year-old male work permit holder who came from Malaysia.

The remaining two cases are short-term visit pass holders.

One, a 69-year-old woman, was permitted entry into Singapore from the UK to visit her child, who is a PR.

The other is a 25-year-old man who arrived from Ukraine to board a ship docked here as a crew member.

The ministry noted that the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with only one such case in the past week who is currently unlinked.

A total of 57,960 patients have fully recovered from the disease, with another seven cases discharged on Sunday.

There are 53 active cases – 33 in hospital but none in intensive care and 20 recuperating in community facilities.

The Covid-19 death tally stands at 28 while 15 people who tested positive for the virus have died of other causes.

The virus outbreak has infected over 50 million people and killed more than 1.2 million people worldwide, since it began in December last year.