75 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, including 1 in community and 14 imported

Singapore reports 75 new Covid-19 cases, including 1 in the community and 14 imported. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

SINGAPORE - There were 75 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Wednesday noon (Sept 9), taking Singapore's total to 57,166.

They included one community case, who is a work pass holder, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

There were also 14 imported cases, who had been placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore.

The remaining 60 new cases were patients residing in dormitories. Of these, 31 were from Westlite Toh Guan dormitory, the vast majority of whom were tested during quarantine.

The other 29 dorm cases were detected through surveillance testing, such as MOH's biweekly rostered routine testing of workers in dorms.

More details will be announced on Wednesday night.

On Tuesday, MOH announced that at least one infectious coronavirus patient had visited several places in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) between Aug 25 and 28.

Three locations in the university were added to a list of places visited by coronavirus patients while they were infectious.

They are Quad Cafe at NTU's School of Biological Sciences, Korean eatery Paik's Bibim in NTU's North Spine Plaza and the North Spine Food Court.

Also newly added to the list were foodcourt Essen at The Pinnacle @ Duxton, Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre and Apgujeong Hair Studio in Jem.

MOH provides the list of locations that infectious Covid-19 patients visited for at least 30 minutes and the times they visited them, to get people who were at those places at the same time to monitor their health closely for two weeks from the date of their visit.

The full list of locations and times can be found on MOH's website.

The ministry has said close contacts would already have been notified, and that there is no need to avoid these places as they would have been cleaned if necessary.

A new cluster in a dormitory was also announced on Tuesday. MOH said one of the newly confirmed cases was linked to 13 previous cases, forming a new cluster at S11 Dormitory @ Punggol, located at 2 Seletar North Link.

Among the 47 new cases reported on Tuesday, there was one imported case.

The one-year-old Singaporean baby arrived from India on Aug 24. He was placed on a 14-day stay-home notice upon arrival here and was tested while serving the notice at a dedicated facility.

Migrant workers staying in dormitories made up the remaining 46 new coronavirus patients announced on Tuesday.

Of these 46 cases, 25 had been identified earlier as contacts of previous cases, and had already been quarantined to prevent further transmission. They were tested during their quarantine period.

The remaining 21 cases were detected through surveillance testing, such as biweekly rostered routine testing of workers staying in dormitories.

The average number of new daily cases in the community in a week has decreased from three cases two weeks ago to two in the past week.

However, the number of unlinked cases in the community in a week has increased from a daily average of one case to two cases over the same period.

With 53 cases discharged on Tuesday, 56,446 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 48 patients remained in hospital with none in intensive care, while 555 were recuperating in community facilities.

Singapore has had 27 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 27.7 million people. More than 900,000 people have died.

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