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17 Dec 2020

17th Dec 2020

As of 17 December 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified that there are no new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. There are 24 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 23 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

0


0

0


0

0

Imported cases

24


24

0


1

23

Total

24








2. Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with no new 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: 0

There are no cases residing in dormitories today.

c) Imported cases: 24


Amongst the 24 imported cases, 7 (Cases 58589, 58591, 58595, 58596, 58603, 58605 and 58606) are Singaporeans and 6 (Cases 58583, 58588, 58590, 58597, 58602 and 58604) are Singapore Permanent Residents who returned from Austria, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and the UK. Another 4 are Work Pass (Cases 58598 and 58601) or Work Permit (Cases 58584 and 58592) holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from India, Indonesia and Maldives. In addition, there are 5 Dependant’s Pass holders (Cases 58585, 58586, 58587, 58593 and 58594) who arrived from the UK, and a Student’s Pass holder (Case 58600) who arrived from India. The remaining case (Case 58599) is a Special Pass holder who is a crew member of a ship which arrived from Indonesia. He had not disembarked from the ship and was conveyed to the hospital in an ambulance after he developed symptoms.

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

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

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.

Update on condition of confirmed cases


5. 14 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 58,252 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

6. There are currently 33 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 63 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. 29 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.