No Covid-19 community cases in S'pore for 12th day; 12 new imported cases

These 10 individuals had all been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore.
These 10 individuals had all been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Singapore had no new coronavirus cases in the community for the 12th day in a row.

There were also no cases in dormitories where migrant workers stay, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said yesterday.

This marks the longest stretch without a community case since the first coronavirus case was reported in Singapore on Jan 23. There were 12 days between the first reported case, which was imported, and the first recorded community cases on Feb 4.

MOH also confirmed 12 new Covid-19 cases as at noon yesterday, all of them imported, which brought the total number of cases here to 58,160.

Of these, three were Singapore permanent residents who returned from India, while five were work permit holders coming back from Indonesia and the Philippines.

Another two were a dependant's pass holder and student's pass holder who arrived from India.

These 10 individuals were all serving stay-home notices and were tested during that period.

The remaining two cases were crew members of separate ships. One had arrived from Indonesia to board a ship docked here. He was isolated upon arrival in Singapore and tested positive for Covid-19.

The other arrived on a ship from the Philippines. He did not disembark from the ship where he was isolated and was swabbed on board.

All 12 new cases were asymptomatic and detected through proactive screening and surveillance.

  • Update on cases

    New cases: 12

    Imported: 12 (3 permanent residents, 5 work permit holders, 2 long-term visit pass holders, 2 ship crew members)

    In community: 0

    In dormitories: 0

    Active cases: 65

    In hospitals: 26 (1 in ICU)

    In community facilities: 39

    Deaths: 28

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

    Total discharged: 58,052

    Discharged yesterday: 3

    TOTAL CASES: 58,160

Meanwhile, Bugis Street and the Kopitiam @ Jurong East were listed as places visited by Covid-19 patients while they were still infectious.

MOH provides a list of locations that infectious Covid-19 patients visited for at least 30 minutes and the times they were there so that people who were there at the same time can monitor their health closely for two weeks from the date of their visit.

It said that there is no need to avoid these places as they would have been cleaned, if necessary.

Close contacts of the patients have already been notified.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with no new cases in the past week, MOH noted.

Three more individuals who had Covid-19 were discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.

In all, 58,052 people have fully recovered from the virus and been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 26 confirmed cases still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, but one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Another 39 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still tested positive for Covid-19.

Singapore has had 28 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 November 23, 2020, with the headline 'No community cases for 12th day; 12 new imported cases'. Print Edition | Subscribe