5 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, including first community case in more than 2 weeks

Singapore reported five new Covid-19 cases, comprising one in the community and four that were imported, on Nov 26, 2020.
Singapore reported five new Covid-19 cases, comprising one in the community and four that were imported, on Nov 26, 2020. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - There were five new coronavirus cases announced as at Thursday noon (Nov 26), including one in the community, which was the first locally transmitted case in 16 days.

There were no new cases from workers' dormitories, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The remaining four patients were imported cases, who had been placed on stay-home notice on arrival in Singapore, added MOH.

Thursday's new cases take Singapore's total to 58,195.

More details will be announced on Thursday night.

On Wednesday, MOH said that it will be conducting Covid-19 testing near Little India MRT station for stallholders in and around Tekka Centre.

The testing operations, to take place today, are part of the progressive roll-out of community surveillance testing, it added.

The ministry announced seven new coronavirus cases, all of which were imported. They had been placed on stay-home notices on arrival in Singapore.

There were no new community cases and none from workers' dormitories for the 15th day in a row.

This was the longest stretch without a community case since the first coronavirus case was reported in Singapore on Jan 23. There were 12 days between the first reported case, which was imported, and the first recorded community cases on Feb 4.

Of the seven new cases, one is a 58-year-old male permanent resident who returned from India.

The others are a 22-year-old female student pass holder who also returned from India, and four work permit holders aged between 23 and 41 who returned from India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

The remaining case is a 36-year-old male short-term visit pass holder who arrived from Ukraine to board a ship docked in Singapore as a crew member.

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

With 12 cases discharged on Wednesday, 58,076 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 42 patients remain in hospital while 29 are recuperating in community facilities. One patient is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Singapore has had 28 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 59.7 million people. Over 1.4 million people have died.