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9 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

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A traveller loads his luggage onto a trolley at Changi Airport in Singapore on Jan 14, 2021. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)


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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported nine new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Monday (Feb 15), all imported infections.

All the new cases were placed on stay-home notice upon arrival, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its update. 

No locally transmitted cases were reported in the community or in foreign worker dormitories. This is the third consecutive day with no community COVID-19 cases. 

A permanent resident who returned from India is among the nine imported cases, as are a dependant’s pass holder and a work pass holder who arrived from the United Arab Emirates.

Two imported cases are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh and Indonesia, one of whom is a domestic worker.

The remaining four infections are short-term visit pass holders. Three of them arrived from India and Nigeria to visit family members who are Singaporeans or permanent residents, while the other case arrived from Indonesia for a job placement.

They were tested while serving their stay-home notice.

MOH said 20 more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. A total of 59,641 have fully recovered from the infection.

There are 36 COVID-19 patients still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving, with one person in a critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Another 103 cases are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are people who have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.

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An imported COVID-19 case reported on Sunday was not placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore.

The 28-year-old Dutch national, a short-term visit pass holder who is in the country for a work project, had arrived from the Netherlands on Feb 10 and tested negative for COVID-19.

The man was subsequently on a “controlled itinerary”, which was “largely limited to his place of work on a vessel docked in Singapore and his accommodation”, said MOH.

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As part of MOH’s regular testing of such travellers, he was tested again on Feb 12 and his test result came back positive for COVID-19.

“He was asymptomatic at the time of testing, but developed a fever on Feb 13. His serology test result has come back negative, indicating that this is likely a current infection,” the ministry said.

Given his recent travel history, MOH said the man has been classified as an imported case.

As of Monday, Singapore has reported a total of 59,809 COVID-19 cases, with 29 fatalities.

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