8 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

The imported cases had been placed on stay-home notices or isolated on arrival in Singapore. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - There were eight new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Saturday noon (Dec 12), taking Singapore's total to 58,313.

All were imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notice (SHN) or isolated on arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

More details will be announced on Saturday night.

On Friday, MOH announced that from Monday, all travellers entering Singapore with travel history to Hong Kong in the previous two weeks must serve a 14-day SHN at dedicated facilities.

But they are allowed to opt out of serving the notice at dedicated facilities if they are occupying their place of residence alone, or with household members with the same travel history and SHN duration.

They must also not have travelled to any other place in the last two weeks except Fiji, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, Brunei, Macau, China, New Zealand, Taiwan and Vietnam.

The new requirement is stricter than the current one, where travellers from Hong Kong are allowed to serve a seven-day SHN at their place of residence.

The new restriction kicks in from 11.59pm on Sunday, MOH said.

Additionally, from 11.59pm next Friday, all travellers entering Singapore - except Singapore citizens and permanent residents - who have travel history to Hong Kong in the past two weeks must take a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction test within 72 hours before departure to the Republic. They will need to present a valid negative Covid-19 test to enter Singapore.

Meanwhile, one of the new cases was from a workers' dormitory, and there was none in the community. The last time there was a case from a workers' dormitory was on Dec 3.

The case from the workers' dormitory reported on Friday was asymptomatic and he was detected through the ministry's proactive surveillance. His close contacts at his dormitory and workplace have been quarantined.

The remaining seven new cases were imported and had been placed on SHN or isolated on arrival in Singapore, said the ministry.

They include three Singaporeans aged between 19 and 52.

Two of them, who returned from Britain and United Arab Emirates, were asymptomatic while the third, who came back from Indonesia, showed symptoms on Dec 5.

The rest of the imported cases were two work permit holders, a dependant's pass holder and a short-term visit pass holder. They arrived from the Philippines, Britain, Malaysia and India.

MOH said the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with just one case in the past week, which was linked to a previous case.

Singapore has had 29 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 71.4 million people. More than 1.60 million people have died.

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