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15 Oct 2020

15th Oct 2020

       As of 15 October 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. In addition, there are 2 imported cases, who had both been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival. All new cases today are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance.  

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

2

 

2

0

 

0

2

Total

3

 

 

 

 

 

 


2.     Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from an average of 1 case per day in the week before, to an average of fewer than 1 per day in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from an average of fewer than 1 case per day in the week before, to none in the past week. We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme.

3.      All the new cases today are imported or linked to known cases/ clusters. 

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. He was detected through our bi-weekly Rostered Routine Testing of workers living in dormitories. This allows us to pick up cases early, including asymptomatic ones, so that we are able to ring-fence them quickly to prevent further transmission, by aggressively containing, tracing and isolating the close contacts.

c) Imported cases: 2

Of the 2 imported cases, 1 (Case 58051) is a Singaporean who returned from the US, and the other (Case 58052) is a Work Permit holder currently employed in Singapore who arrived from Indonesia. Both cases had been placed on SHN upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN. 

4.     Details of these trends can be found in MOH’s daily situation Report (www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/situation-report).

5.    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. 

6.     MOH has been monitoring existing clusters for any further transmission. As there have been no more cases linked to the cluster at SCM Tuas Lodge (80 Tuas South Boulevard) for the past two incubation periods (i.e. 28 days), the cluster has now been closed.

Links between previous cases found

7.     Further epidemiological investigations and contact tracing have uncovered links between previously announced and new cases. Please refer to Annex A and Annex B for details. 

Update on condition of confirmed cases

8.     12 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 57,764 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities. 

9.     There are currently 36 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 64 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. 28 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection. 


MINISTRY OF HEALTH
15 OCTOBER 2020