83-year-old Singaporean man among new Covid-19 cases in Singapore

Passengers arriving at Changi airport in December 2020.
Passengers arriving at Changi airport in December 2020.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - An 83-year-old Singaporean man who returned from India was among the 17 new coronavirus cases confirmed on Tuesday (Jan 12).

He was asymptomatic and tested positive for the virus on Monday.

Tuesday's cases were all imported, taking Singapore's total to 58,946.

They were all serving their stay-home notices or had been isolated on arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

There were no community cases or infections at workers' dormitories.

The remaining imported cases include two permanent residents who returned from the United States and India, as well as 13 work permit holders who arrived from India, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines.

Twelve of the work permit holders are foreign domestic workers.

There was also a special pass holder, a sailor who arrived from Japan on board a vessel.

He was tested on arrival in Singapore and was taken to hospital when his test came back positive, said MOH.

Overall, there were six new cases in the community in the past week, and 11 the week before.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at four cases per week, for the past two weeks.

With 26 cases discharged on Tuesday, 58,679 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 53 patients remain in hospital, including one in the intensive care unit, while 170 patients are recuperating in community facilities.

Singapore has had 29 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.