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20 Oct 2020

20th Oct 2020

        As of 20 October 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified that there are 2 new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. Both reside in dormitories and there are no new cases in the community. There are 4 imported cases, who had all 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

2


1

1


0

2

Imported cases

4


4

0


0

4

Total

6








2.        Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 2 cases in the week before, to 4 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from none in the week before, to 2 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: 2

There are 2 cases residing in dormitories today, of whom 1 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.

The remaining case 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: 4

Amongst the 4 imported cases, 1 is a Singaporean (Case 58083) and another is a Singapore Permanent Resident (Case 58086) who returned to Singapore from Indonesia and India respectively. The remaining cases (Cases 58080 and 58082) are Work Pass holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from the UAE and Germany. They had all been placed on SHN 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. 

Links between previous cases found

5.     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

6.        No new cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 57,819 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities. 

7.          There are currently 38 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 36 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
20 OCTOBER 2020