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23 Aug 2020

23rd Aug 2020

      As of 23 August 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified an additional 87 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore. The breakdown of the cases is as follows:

a) Imported cases: 13 (5 Permanent Residents, 2 Work Permit holders, 2 Student’s Pass holders, 1 Dependant’s Pass holder, 1 Long-Term Visit Pass holder, 2 Short-Term Visit Pass holders)

Amongst the 13 imported cases, 5 (Cases 56399, 56400, 56401, 56402 and 56403) are Singapore Permanent Residents who returned to Singapore from India on 11 August. 2 (Cases 56396 and 56397) are Dependant’s Pass and Long-Term Visit Pass holders who arrived from India and the Philippines on 11 August. 2 (Cases 56374 and 56375) are Work Permit holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from the Philippines on 11 August. Another 2 (Cases 56373 and 56404) are Student’s Pass holders who arrived from India on 11 August. The remaining 2 (Cases 56369 and 56408) are Short-Term Visit Pass holders who were allowed entry into Singapore as 1 has been seeking medical treatment in Singapore and the other is the parent and caregiver. They arrived from Bangladesh on 21 August. 

All the cases had been placed on 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore, and were serving their SHN at dedicated facilities. They had been tested while serving their SHN.

b) Cases in the community: 1 (1 Work Pass holder)

There is 1 case in the community today who is currently unlinked. Case 56372 was detected under our enhanced community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection (ARI) at first presentation to a doctor. This allows us to identify infected individuals early and to quickly contain further spread.

Epidemiological investigations of the case are in progress. In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the case 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 his household contacts to determine if he could have been infected by them. 

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained stable at an average of 2 cases per day in the past 2 weeks. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also remained stable at an average of 1 case per day in the past 2 weeks. We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme.

c) Cases residing in dormitories: 73

The Inter-agency Taskforce has completed the testing of all workers in the dormitories. There are currently about 13,500 workers who are still serving out their quarantine period. These workers will be tested when their quarantine ends, and we expect the case counts to remain high in the coming days, before tapering down thereafter.

2.     Details of these trends can be found in MOH’s daily situation Report (www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/situation-report). Please refer to Annex A for the summary of the confirmed cases. 

3.     Of the new cases, 99% are imported or linked to known cases/ clusters, while the rest are pending contact tracing. 

Links between previous cases found

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

Update on condition of confirmed cases

5.     244 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 54,164 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities. 

6.     There are currently 76 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 2,086 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. 27 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection. 


MINISTRY OF HEALTH
23 AUGUST 2020