5 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, all imported for 8th day

The Ministry of Health added that the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with no new cases in the past week.
The Ministry of Health added that the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with no new cases in the past week.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - There were five new coronavirus cases confirmed as of noon on Wednesday (Nov 18), all of them imported, for the eighth day in a row.

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

There were no new locally transmitted cases.

The new imported cases take Singapore's total to 58,135.

Three of the five are work permit holders, and the others are a student's pass holder and a short-term visit pass holder.

The work permit holders, who are employed in Singapore, had travelled from Myanmar. The student's pass holder arrived from India while the short-term visit pass holder came from Bangladesh. All were 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.

No new clusters and no new locations visited by infectious Covid-19 patients were announced on Wednesday.

MOH said the dormitory cluster at Aspri-Westlite Papan had been closed, with no new cases linked to it for 28 days, or two incubation periods.

With seven cases discharged on Wednesday, 58,031 patients have recovered from the disease.

There were 33 patients still in hospital, and 28 in community facilities. None was in intensive care.

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

Globally, the virus outbreak that began last December has infected more than 55.4 million people. Over 1.33 million people have died.