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27 Oct 2020

27th Oct 2020

          As of 27 October 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified 1 new case of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. The case is in the community, and there are no new cases in the dormitories. In addition, there are 6 imported cases, who had been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 3 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while 4 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

1


0

1


1

0

Cases residing in dormitories

0


0

0


0

0

Imported cases

6


6

0


3

3

Total

7








2.            Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 4 cases in the week before, to 3 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from 2 cases in the week before, to 3 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: 1

There is 1 case in the community today who is currently unlinked. Case 58148 is a Short-Term Visit Pass holder who arrived from Vietnam under an Air Travel Pass. She is a caregiver to her sibling who was already receiving medical treatment in Singapore for an unrelated condition. She underwent a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Singapore on 10 October and her result came back negative. She subsequently developed acute respiratory infection (ARI) symptoms on 23 October and was tested for COVID-19 under our enhanced community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with ARI at first presentation to a doctor. This allows us to identify infected individuals early and to quickly contain further spread.

b)            Cases residing in dormitories: 0

There are no cases residing in dormitories today.

c)            Imported cases: 6

Amongst the 6 imported cases, 4 are currently employed in Singapore. Of these, 2 (Cases 58147 and 58149) are Work Pass holders who arrived from Japan and France, and 2 (Cases 58150 and 58151) are Work Permit holders who arrived from Indonesia. Another case (Case 58152) is a Dependant’s Pass holder who arrived from the UK. The remaining case (Case 58153) is a Short-Term Visit Pass holder who was allowed entry into Singapore to visit her child who is a Singapore Permanent Resident. They had all been placed on SHN or isolated upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN.

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

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.

5.            MOH has been monitoring existing clusters for any further transmission. As there have been no more cases linked to the clusters at CDPL Tuas Dormitory (6 Tuas South Street 15) and Jurong Penjuru Dormitory 1 (58 Penjuru Place) for the past two incubation periods (i.e. 28 days), the clusters have now been closed.

 

Links between previous cases found

6.            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

7.            4 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 57,883 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

8.            There are currently 43 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 26 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
27 OCTOBER 2020