4 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, all imported for the 10th day

MOH reported 4 new Covid-19 cases, which were all imported, on Nov 20, 2020.
MOH reported 4 new Covid-19 cases, which were all imported, on Nov 20, 2020.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

SINGAPORE - There were four new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Friday noon (Nov 20), all of which were imported.

The imported 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 worker's dormitories for the 10th day in a row.

Friday's cases take Singapore's total to 58,143.

They include a Singaporean, two work-permit holders and a short-term visit pass holder.

The Singaporean is a 38-year-old man who returned from Sweden. He displayed symptoms last Wednesday.

The two work permit holders arrived from Indonesia and are currently employed in Singapore.

The short-term visit pass holder is enrolled in a private school here and had travelled from Russia. Other than the Singaporean, all were asymptomatic when tested.

MOH said the cluster at Blue Stars Dormitory in the Upper Jurong area has been closed, with no new cases linked to it for 28 days, or two incubation periods.

The ministry also said on Friday that of the 26 Covid-19 patients in hospital, one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Together with the 31 patients recuperating in community facilities, Singapore has 57 active cases.

With six cases discharged on Friday, 58,043 patients have recovered from the disease.

Singapore has had 28 deaths from Covid-19 complications, and 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.

On Thursday, MOH said a 68-year-old Singaporean man is being investigated for not declaring he had symptoms.

He was one of four new cases announced on Thursday. All four were imported, and placed on stay-home notices upon arrival here.

MOH said investigations were being done to assess if the man had breached travel requirements.

He had travelled from Indonesia and had been having shortness of breath since Nov 11.

But on Tuesday, he said in his health declaration form for immigration clearance that he did not have any symptoms.

"We urge everyone to continue to exercise social responsibility and will not hesitate to take enforcement actions against those who breach the rules," said MOH.

The three other new imported cases on Thursday included a special pass holder, a permanent resident (PR) and a work permit holder.

The special pass holder arrived from Montenegro to board a ship docked here as a crew member. The PR came from India, while the work permit holder arrived from Indonesia.

Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December last year, has infected more than 56.8 million people. More than 1.35 million people have died.