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25 Oct 2020

25th Oct 2020

1. As of 25 October 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified 2 new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. Both reside in dormitories and there are no new cases in the community. In addition, there are 3 imported cases, who had all been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 4 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while 1 was 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

2


0

2


1

1

Imported cases

3


3

0


0

3

Total

5









2. Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 5 cases in the week before, to 2 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at 2 cases a week in the past 2 weeks. 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 was detected from our bi-weekly Rostered Routine Testing of workers living in dormitories, even though he is asymptomatic. 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. The other was tested for COVID-19 when he developed acute respiratory infection (ARI) symptoms.

c) Imported cases: 3

Amongst the 3 imported cases, 1 (Case 58140) is a Singapore Permanent Resident who returned from the UK, and another (Case 58142) is a Dependant’s Pass holder who arrived from the UAE. The remaining case (Case 58143) is a Short-Term Visit Pass holder who arrived from Indonesia. She was allowed entry into Singapore to visit her child who is a Singapore Permanent Resident. 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.

5. MOH has been monitoring existing clusters for any further transmission. As there have been no more cases linked to the cluster at North Coast Lodge (51 North Coast Avenue) for the past two incubation periods (i.e. 28 days), the cluster has 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. 14 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 57,858 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

8. There are currently 51 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 33 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
25 OCTOBER 2020