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17 Mar 2021

17th Mar 2021

        As of 17 March 2021, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified that there are no new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. There are 9 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore. 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

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

Imported cases

9

 

9

0

 

0

9

Total

9

 

 

 

 

 

 


2.       Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained stable at 2 cases per week in the past 2 weeks. The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from 1 case 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.

3.         Amongst the 75 confirmed cases reported from 11 March to 17 March, 38 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 25 have tested negative, and 12 serology test results are pending.

Case Details

a) Cases in the community: 0

There are no cases in the community today. 

b) Cases residing in dormitories: 0

There are no cases residing in dormitories today. 

c) Imported cases: 9

Amongst the 9 imported cases, 

• 1 (Case 60975) is a Singaporean who returned from Indonesia.
• 1 (Case 60974) is a Work Pass holder who arrived from Nepal.
• 7 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, of whom 3 (Cases 60972, 60978 and 60980) are foreign domestic workers. 

They had all already been placed on SHN upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN. 

4.   Please refer to the Annexes and MOH’s daily Situation Report (www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/situation-report) for details. 

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.

Update on condition of confirmed cases

6.      17 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 60,001 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities. 

7.        There are currently 19 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 87 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. 30 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection. 


MINISTRY OF HEALTH
17 MARCH 2021