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12 Oct 2020

12th Oct 2020

1.      As of 12 October 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified 2 new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. Of these, 1 is in the community, and 1 resides in a dormitory. 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

1

1

0

0

1

Cases residing in dormitories

1

1

0

0

1

Imported cases

2

2

0

0

2

Total

4

 

 

 

 



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: 1

There is 1 case in the community today who is a family member of previously confirmed cases. Case 58037 had been identified as a contact of Cases 57860 and 57933, and had been placed on quarantine earlier. All 3 cases had arrived from India on 16 September, and were placed on SHN at a dedicated facility. Cases 57860 and 57933 subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 infection on 27 September and 1 October respectively. Case 58037 was tested during quarantine to determine her status, even though she is asymptomatic.

b)      Cases residing in dormitories: 1

There is 1 case residing in a dormitory today who had been identified earlier as a contact of previous cases, and had already been quarantined to prevent further transmission. He was tested during quarantine to determine his status, even though he is asymptomatic.

c)      Imported cases: 2

There are 2 imported cases today. Case 58032 is a Singapore Permanent Resident who returned to Singapore from the Philippines, and Case 58036 is a Work Pass holder currently employed in Singapore who arrived from India and the UAE. They had both been placed on 14-day SHN upon arrival in Singapore, and were tested while serving SHN even though they are asymptomatic.

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 dormitory at 9 Sungei Kadut Avenue 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.      23 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 57,728 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

9.      There are currently 48 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 76 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.

10.     Case 57960, a 64 year-old male Singapore Permanent Resident, has passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection on 12 October 2020. He had been working in India since December 2019, and was placed on SHN when he returned to Singapore on 23 September 2020. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 4 October, and had a history of hypertension. Singapore General Hospital has reached out to his family and is extending assistance to them.