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12 Sep 2020

12th Sep 2020

               As of 12 September 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified an additional 42 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore. The breakdown of the cases is as follows:

Summary of new cases

Amongst the new cases today, 41 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while 1 was symptomatic.

 


Already in quarantine/ isolation before detection

Detected from surveillance

Total

Imported cases

10

0

10

Cases in the community

1

3

4

Cases residing in dormitories

16

12

28


a)    Imported cases: 10 (2 Singaporeans, 5 Permanent Residents, 2 Work Pass holders, 1 Short-Term Visit Pass holder)
 
Amongst the 10 imported cases, 2 (Cases 57473 and 57474) are Singaporeans and 5 (Cases 57475, 57476, 57477, 57481 and 57482) are Singapore Permanent Residents who returned to Singapore from India on 30 August and 31 August. Another 2 (Cases 57462 and 57489) are Work Pass holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from Germany on 30 August and the Philippines on 29 August. The remaining case (Case 57468), a Short-Term Visit Pass holder, is the spouse of a Singaporean who arrived from India on 5 September.
 
All of them had been placed on 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore, and had been tested while serving their SHN at dedicated facilities.
 
b)    Cases in the community: 4 (1 Permanent Resident, 1 Work Pass holder, 2 Work Permit holders)
 
Of the 4 cases in the community, 3 were picked up as a result of our proactive surveillance and screening, and 1 had already been placed on quarantine earlier. All 4 cases are asymptomatic, and were detected through our proactive testing.

All cases in the community today are linked to previous cases or clusters. Case 57470 had been identified as a contact of a previously confirmed case, and had been placed on quarantine earlier. He was tested during quarantine to determine his status, even though he is asymptomatic. Case 57463 was tested as part of our efforts to screen individuals working in frontline COVID-19 operations, and Case 57461 was swabbed as part of our active case finding efforts. The remaining case (Case 57495) was detected as a result of our Rostered Routine Testing of workers in the construction, marine and process sectors who are living outside the dormitories.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 3 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 2 per day in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of 2 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 1 per day in the past week. We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme.
 
c)    Cases residing in dormitories: 28
 
Amongst the 28 cases residing in dormitories, 16 had been identified earlier as contacts of previous cases, and had already been quarantined to prevent further transmission. They were tested during quarantine to determine their status.  
 
The remaining 12 cases were detected through surveillance testing, such as 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.
 
Besides the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, we have also conducted serological tests to determine if some of the cases are current or past infections.[1] The serological test result for 1 case has come back positive so far, which indicates a likely past infection.
 
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, 88% 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.               92 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 56,699 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

6.               There are currently 54 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 577 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
12 SEPTEMBER 2020

[1] Cases whose serological tests are positive are likely to have a past infection, and could be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA picked by the PCR test, which were no longer transmissible and infective to others.