83-year-old S'porean man among new Covid-19 cases here

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

An 83-year-old Singaporean man who returned from India was among the 17 new coronavirus cases confirmed yesterday.

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

Yesterday'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 a week, for the past two weeks.

  • Update on cases

  • New cases: 17 

    Imported: 17 (1 Singaporean, 2 PRs, 13 work permit holders, 1 special pass holder)

    In community:

    In dormitories: 0

    New community cases in the past week: 6 (4 unlinked cases)

    Active cases: 223

    In hospitals: 53 (1 in ICU) 

    In community facilities: 170

    Deaths: 29 

    Patients with Covid-19 who died from other causes: 15

    Total discharged: 58,679

    Discharged yesterday: 26

    TOTAL CASES: 58,946

With 26 cases discharged yesterday, 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.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 13, 2021, with the headline '83-year-old S'porean man among new Covid-19 cases here'. Print Edition | Subscribe