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1 dormitory resident among 15 new COVID-19 cases reported in Singapore

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Workers and medical personnel are seen at a dormitory in Singapore amid the COVID-19 outbreak, in this photo posted on Aug 7, 2020. (File photo: Facebook/Lawrence Wong)


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SINGAPORE: A dormitory resident was among the 15 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Singapore as of noon on Wednesday (Feb 10), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update.

The remaining 14 cases were imported and had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore. No new cases were reported in the community.

The dormitory case involves a 22-year-old Bangladeshi man who lives in a dormitory at Bedok South Road.

The construction worker was asymptomatic and was detected when he was tested on Feb 7 as part of the rostered routine testing. His pooled test result came back positive on Feb 8 and he was immediately isolated, said MOH.

An individual test was done on Feb 9, the result of which came back positive on the same day. He was taken to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases in an ambulance.

His earlier rostered routine tests, the last being on Jan 24, were negative for COVID-19 infection.

“His serology test result has come back positive but we are unable to rule out that this could be a recent infection,” said MOH.

A serology test detects antibodies. A positive serology test result normally indicates likely past infection, while a negative serology test result normally indicates a likely current infection.

As a precautionary measure, all his close contacts at the dormitory and his workplace have been placed in quarantine.

14 IMPORTED CASES

A Singaporean and two permanent residents who returned from India, Malaysia and the United Kingdom are among the imported cases on Wednesday.

One imported case is a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from the US, while two others are work pass holders who arrived from Brazil and Russia.

Another six imported cases are work permit holders who arrived from India, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines, of whom four are foreign domestic workers.

The remaining two cases are short-term visit pass holders. One of them arrived from Indonesia to visit her Singaporean family members, while the other arrived from the United Arab Emirates for a work project in Singapore.

They were all tested while serving their stay-home notice.

MORE CASES DISCHARGED

Twenty more COVID-19 cases were discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. A total of 59,526 people have fully recovered from the infection.

There are currently 36 COVID-19 patients who are still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving. One is in a critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Another 156 cases are isolated and cared for at community facilities. There are people who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.

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TIGHTER RESTRICTIONS FOR TRAVELLERS FROM VIETNAM

Singapore is tightening restrictions for travellers from Vietnam due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

From 11.59pm on Friday, Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders arriving in Singapore with travel history to Vietnam in the 14 days prior to departure will have to take an on-arrival COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, serve a 14-day stay-home notice at dedicated facilities and undergo a PCR test before the end of the notice period. 

Travellers from Vietnam are currently allowed to go about their activities in Singapore without the need to serve a stay-home notice if their on-arrival COVID-19 test result is negative.

READ: COVID-19: Singapore tightens restrictions for Vietnam travellers; New South Wales visitors to take test on arrival

Short-term travellers with an Air Travel Pass (ATP) with travel history to Vietnam within the last 14 days before departure for Singapore will not be allowed to enter Singapore.

All travellers who are not Singaporeans or permanent residents will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure. These travellers will still be required to undergo an on-arrival test and serve their stay-home notice upon arrival and be tested at the end of the isolation period.

As of Wednesday, Singapore has reported a total of 59,747 COVID-19 cases and 29 fatalities from the disease.

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