SINGAPORE: One community case was among the 32 new COVID-19 infections reported in Singapore as of noon on Saturday (Apr 10).
The case involves a 71-year-old Indian national who is a short-term visit pass holder, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update. Her infection is currently unlinked.
The woman is a retiree who arrived from India on Dec 28, 2020. She served her stay-home notice at a dedicated facility until Jan 10, and tested negative for COVID-19 on Jan 8.
As the woman was identified as a close contact of two previously confirmed cases – known as Cases 59169 and 59173 – during their flight to Singapore, she was placed on quarantine from Jan 10 to Jan 11.
She developed a fever on Apr 5 and was tested for COVID-19 when she sought medical treatment the next day, said MOH.
Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on Apr 8 and she was conveyed in an ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.
Another COVID-19 test conducted by the National Public Health Laboratory on Apr 9 came back negative.
The woman’s serological test result has come back positive, which is indicative of a past infection, said MOH.
“She could be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA, which are no longer transmissible and infective to others, but given that we are not able to definitively conclude when she had been infected, we will take all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure,” said the ministry.
The remaining 31 cases were imported infections and were placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore.
One is a Singaporean who returned from Papua New Guinea.
Two cases are short-term visit pass holders. One of them arrived from India with her spouse who is working here. Another case arrived from Malaysia to visit a family member who is a permanent resident.
Two dependant’s pass holders and five student’s pass holders who arrived from India are also among the imported cases.
Three cases are long-term visit pass holders who arrived from India and Myanmar.
Another three are work pass holders who arrived from Nepal, the Maldives and the Philippines.
The remaining 15 are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines, of whom five are foreign domestic workers.
No new infections were reported in migrant worker dormitories.
EIGHTEEN CASES DISCHARGED
Eighteen more cases have been discharged, bringing the total who have fully recovered from the infection to 60,322.
There are 45 cases remaining in hospital, with one in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Another 236 cases are isolated and cared for at community facilities.
Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained stable at two cases per week in the past two weeks.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has also remained stable at two cases per week in the past two weeks.
“We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme,” said MOH.
Epidemiological investigations are in progress for the cases. In the meantime, all their identified close contacts have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that we can detect asymptomatic cases.
“We will also conduct serological tests for the close contacts to determine if the cases could have been infected by them,” said the ministry.
As of Saturday, Singapore reported 60,633 COVID-19 cases in total, with 30 fatalities.
LUCKY PLAZA, PENINSULA PLAZA WEEKEND RESTRICTIONS TO BE LIFTED
Weekend entry restrictions at Lucky Plaza and Peninsula Plaza will be lifted from Saturday, more than seven months after they were put in place as part of COVID-19 measures.
Improvements in the crowding situation have been observed at the two malls, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) said on Friday.
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“While entry restrictions have been lifted, visitors are strongly advised not to rush to these malls immediately, or to visit during peak hours,” STB and ESG said in a joint release. “To avoid a longer waiting time to enter the malls, patrons should plan their visits during weekdays or non-peak periods on weekends.”
Odd-even entry restrictions based on the last digit of the identification number for each visitor have been in place at the malls since Aug 29 last year.