9 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

Singapore reported nine new Covid-19 cases, all imported, on March 17, 2021.
Singapore reported nine new Covid-19 cases, all imported, on March 17, 2021. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - There were nine new coronavirus cases confirmed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (March 17), bringing Singapore's tally up to 60,137.

There were no new community cases or cases from the workers' dormitories.

All were imported cases who were placed on stay-home notice (SHN) on arrival in Singapore and tested while serving their SHN, said MOH.

They were all asymptomatic when tested.

The nine cases comprised one Singaporean - a 45-year-old man returning from Indonesia - one work pass holder coming from Nepal and seven work permit holders arriving from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Three of the work permit holders are foreign domestic workers, said MOH.

Two of these cases have been identified as contacts of previously detected cases.

The Health Ministry added that epidemiological investigations into these cases are in progress, and that all those identified as close contacts of the cases have been isolated and placed on quarantine.

MOH also added that number of new cases in the community has remained stable at two cases per week in the past two weeks.

However, the number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from one case in the week before to two cases in the past week.

Among the 75 confirmed cases reported from March 11 to March 17, 38 cases have tested positive for their serology tests while 25 have tested negative.

Twelve serology test results are still pending.

With 17 cases discharged on Thursday, 59,986 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 19 patients remain in hospital, with none in intensive care, while 87 are recuperating in community facilities.

Singapore has had 30 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.

Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December 2019, has infected more than 120 million people, and more than 2.6 million people have died.