24 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

MOH reported 24 new Covid-19 cases, all imported, on Dec 17, 2020.
MOH reported 24 new Covid-19 cases, all imported, on Dec 17, 2020.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - There were 24 new coronavirus cases confirmed on Thursday (Dec 17), all of whom were imported.

This is the highest number of imported cases since March 28, when there were 42. It takes Singapore's total to 58,377.

The latest cases were placed on stay-home notices on arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

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

One of the imported cases is a crew member of a ship that arrived from Indonesia. 

The special pass holder did not disembark from the ship and was sent to the hospital in an ambulance after he developed symptoms last Tuesday (Dec 10).

The imported cases include 13 returning Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents who came back from Austria, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and the United Kingdom.

The rest comprise four work pass or work permit holders who are currently employed in Singapore, five dependant’s pass holders and a student’s pass holder.

The work pass and work permit holders arrived from India, Indonesia and Maldives, while the dependant’s pass holders came from the United Kingdom. 

MOH said the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with no new cases in the past week.

With 14 cases discharged on Thursday, 58,237 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 33 patients remained in hospitals on Thursday, with none in intensive care, and 63 patients were still recuperating in community facilities.

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

Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December last year, has infected more than 73.4 million people. More than 1.6 million people have died.