38 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, including migrant worker in dormitory

MOH reported 38 new Covid-19 cases, with one from a dormitory, on Jan 13, 2021. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - There were 38 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at noon on Wednesday (Jan 13), including one in a foreign worker dormitory.

This was the first reported case in a workers' dormitory since Dec 15.

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

With the latest update, Singapore has now reported a total of 58,984 Covid-19 infections.

More details will be announced on Wednesday night.

On Tuesday, an 83-year-old Singaporean man who returned from India was among the 17 new coronavirus cases announced.

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

All the cases announced on Tuesday were imported.

They were all serving their stay-home notice or had been isolated on arrival in Singapore, said the MOH.

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

The remaining imported cases included 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 were 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.

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.

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