25-year-old S'porean woman who is unlinked to other patients among 4 Covid-19 community cases

Singapore reported 94 new coronavirus cases on Aug 28, 2020. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - A 25-year-old Singaporean woman whose case is unlinked was one of the four Covid-19 community cases confirmed on Friday (Aug 28).

She had onset of symptoms on Aug 22, and was confirmed to have the coronavirus on Thursday.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said she was detected under its enhanced regime to test all people aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection when they first see a doctor.

The other three community cases had been quarantined earlier, and one of them was asymptomatic, said MOH.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained stable at an average of two cases per day in the past two weeks. The number of unlinked cases in the community has likewise remained stable at an average of one case per day in the past two weeks.

There were 94 new coronavirus cases confirmed as of Friday noon (Aug 28), taking Singapore's total to 56,666.

There were also 10 imported cases among the new patients, comprising three Singaporeans, four permanent residents, one dependant's pass holder, one long-term visit pass holder and one short-term visit pass holder.

Among the imported cases was an 88-year-old Singaporean man and a six-year-old girl who is a dependant's pass holder.

Both had returned from India, and they were confirmed positive on Thursday.

All the imported cases had been placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

Of the remaining 80 cases residing in dormitories, 58 are from Sungei Tengah Lodge and they had been quarantined earlier.

MOH said the vast majority of them were tested during quarantine to determine their status, or were picked up through rostered routine testing.

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A coronavirus cluster at Sungei Tengah Lodge was announced on Aug 22. After the cluster was detected, MOH placed about 4,500 workers on quarantine, and has tested about 3,000 of them so far.

The ministry added that it expects the number of cases from the dormitory to continue to be high in the coming days until testing of the remaining quarantined workers is completed.

With 198 cases discharged on Friday, 55,322 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 71 patients remain in hospital while 1,231 are recuperating in community facilities. None is in intensive care.

Singapore has had 27 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.

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