SINGAPORE: Fifteen new COVID-19 cases were reported in Singapore as of noon on Thursday (Mar 18).
All the new infections were imported and were placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its preliminary daily update.
No new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections were reported for a sixth consecutive day.
Among the 15 new cases, three are Singapore permanent residents who returned from India and Malaysia.
Nine are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India and Malaysia – of these, one is a foreign domestic worker.
Two cases arrived from Indonesia – a long-term visit pass holder and a short-term visit pass holder who arrived in Singapore for a work project. The remaining case is a work pass holder who arrived from the United Arab Emirates.
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A total of 13 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total number who have fully recovered from the infection to 60,014.
There are currently 14 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit.
Another 94 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.
NEW SAFEENTRY GATEWAYS AT SOME PUBLIC PLACES
A new system called SafeEntry Gateway will soon allow faster check-in to a location with the TraceTogether token or mobile app.
It allows visitors to check in by placing their TraceTogether tokens or mobile phone within 25cm of the gateway device or a box – similar to using an EZ-Link card on public transport.
From Apr 19, SafeEntry Gateways will be deployed at selected places with large numbers of visitors, such as malls, cinemas, hospitals and gated tourist attractions, said the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group on Tuesday.
Other venues include large standalone retail outlets, supermarkets, public libraries, selected museums and galleries, MICE event venues, places of worship and funeral parlours with wake halls.
Public and private hospitals, national specialty centres, community hospitals and polyclinics will also need to deploy the gateways.
In addition, gateways will be set up at selected popular wet markets including Geylang Serai Market, Chong Pang Market, the markets at Blocks 20 and 21 Marsiling Lane, and Block 505 Jurong West Street 52.
As of Thursday, Singapore has reported a total of 60,152 COVID-19 cases and 30 fatalities.