5 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

MOH reported 5 new Covid-19 cases, which were all imported, on Nov 16, 2020.
MOH reported 5 new Covid-19 cases, which were all imported, on Nov 16, 2020.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - There were five new coronavirus cases confirmed on Monday (Nov 16), all of whom were imported.

This is the sixth day in a row that all new cases are imported. They take Singapore’s total to 58,124.

There were no new community cases and no cases from workers’ dormitories.

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

They include two Singaporeans, two long-term visit pass holders and a work permit holder.

The two Singaporeans – a 74-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman – travelled from India and the United Kingdom respectively. Both were asymptomatic when tested.

The two long-term visit pass holders arrived from Russia and Indonesia, while the work permit holder, who is currently employed in Singapore, came from Indonesia. They were all asymptomatic when tested.

MOH said all close contacts of the imported cases have been isolated and they will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period to detect asymptomatic cases.

The ministry added that the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with just one case in the past week, which is currently unlinked.

With four cases discharged on Monday, 58,018 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 40 patients remain in hospital, while 23 are in community facilities. None is in intensive care.

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

Globally, the virus outbreak that began in December last year has infected more than 54 million people. More than 1.3 million people have died.