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15 Dec 2020

15th Dec 2020

1.     As of 15 December 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified 1 new case of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. The case resides in a dormitory and there are no new cases in the community. There are 15 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 13 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while 2 were symptomatic. 

Summary of new cases

 

 

 

Breakdown by

 

Breakdown by

 

Number of cases

 

Already in quarantine/ isolation before detection

Detected from surveillance

 

Symptomatic

Asymptomatic

Cases in the community

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

Cases residing in dormitories

1

 

0

1

 

0

1

Imported cases

15

 

15

0

 

2

13

Total

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.     Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with no new cases in the past week. We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme.

Case Details

a) Cases in the community: 0

There are no cases in the community today.

b) Cases residing in dormitories: 1

There is 1 case residing in a dormitory today. Case 58562 is asymptomatic, and was detected when he took a COVID-19 pre-departure test in preparation for his return to China. His previous tests from Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) had been negative. His serological test result has come back positive, which indicates likely past infection. As a precautionary measure, all his close contacts at the dormitory and his workplace have been placed on quarantine.

c) Imported cases: 15

Amongst the 15 imported cases, 3 (Cases 58554, 58555 and 58558) are Singaporeans who returned from India, UK and US. 6 are Work Pass (Case 58563) or Work Permit (Cases 58564, 58565, 58566, 58567 and 58568) holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from Brazil, India and Indonesia. Another 2 are a Dependant’s Pass holder (Case 58553) who arrived from Spain and a Student’s Pass holder (Case 58556) who arrived from India. The remaining 4 are Short-Term Visit Pass holders. Of these, 2 (Cases 58557 and 58561) arrived from Indonesia and India, and are family members of Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents. Case 58559 arrived from Russia to participate in a mixed martial arts sporting event and Case 58560 arrived from Australia on an Air Travel Pass. Both had been tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in Singapore, and were isolated while waiting for their test results. They were subsequently conveyed to the hospital when their tests came back positive. 

They had all already been placed on SHN or isolated upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN or upon arrival in Singapore.

3.     Please refer to the Annexes and MOH’s daily Situation Report (www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/situation-report) for details.

4.     Epidemiological investigations are in progress. In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the cases 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.

Update on condition of confirmed cases

5.     23 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 58,233 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

6.     There are currently 25 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 54 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. 29 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.