Singapore confirms 6 new Covid-19 cases, lowest number since March 5

Singapore has reported a total of 57,800 coronavirus cases so far. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - There were six new coronavirus cases confirmed as of Saturday afternoon (Oct 3), including one community case and four imported cases.

This is the lowest number of cases since March 5, which saw five new cases.

A Singaporean is the sole community case reported on Saturday (Oct 3), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

The latest increase takes Singapore's total number of cases to 57,800.

The MOH said on Saturday evening that the community case was detected under enhanced community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor.

All the identified close contacts of the case have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine periods.

"We will also conduct serological tests for his household contacts to determine if he could have been infected by them," said MOH.

Barber Point at Rivervale Plaza and the 64+4 Foodcourt along Loyang Lane were among the places visited by the individual while he was still infectious.

The ministry provides the list of locations that infectious patients visited for at least 30 minutes and the times they visited them to get people - who were at those places at the same time - to monitor their health closely for two weeks from the date of their visit. The full list can be found here.

Barber Point at Rivervale Plaza was among the places visited by the community case while he was still infectious. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

Close contacts would already have been notified and there is no need to avoid these places as they would have been cleaned if necessary, said MOH.

On Friday, 10 new Covid-19 cases were reported, the lowest daily figure reported since March 12, when there were nine cases.

They comprised one community case who is a work permit holder, five imported cases and four migrant workers living in dormitories.

Of the five imported cases, one Singaporean, one permanent resident and one dependant's pass holder arrived from India between Sept 16 and Sept 20.

A short term pass holder, who is a six-year-old girl, and a work permit holder arrived from Indonesia on Sept 18 and Sept 20, respectively.

All imported cases were placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore, said MOH.

Out of the four migrant workers, one had been identified earlier as a contact of previous cases and was already quarantined to prevent further transmission.

He tested positive for Covid-19 during his quarantine period.

The remaining three cases were detected through surveillance testing, said the ministry.

The number of new daily cases in the community has remained stable at an average of fewer than one in the past two weeks.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also remained stable at an average of fewer than one case per day over the same period.

Another 28 Covid-19 cases were discharged on Saturday, bringing the total number of recovered Covid-19 cases to 57,562.

There are currently 46 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, with none in intensive care. 165 patients are recuperating at community facilities.

Singapore has had 27 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 34.4 million people. More than one million people have died.

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