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25 Mar 2021

25th Mar 2021

          As of 25 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 17 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 16 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

17


17

0


1

16

Total

17








2.       Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 1 case in the week before to none in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 1 case in the week before to none 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 101 confirmed cases reported from 19 March to 25 March, 34 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 48 have tested negative, and 19 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: 17

Amongst the 17 imported cases,

  • 1 (Case 61168) is a Singaporean and 1 (Case 61160) is a Singapore Permanent Resident who returned from India.

  • 1 (Case 61172) is a Dependant’s Pass holder who arrived from Nepal.

  • 2 (Cases 61167 and 61170) are Work Pass holders who arrived from India.

  • 11 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, of whom 7 (Cases 61154, 61159, 61173, 61174, 61176, 61177 and 61180) are foreign domestic workers.

  • 1 (Case 61165) is a Short-Term Visit Pass holder who arrived from Ecuador for a work project.

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

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.

6.       MOH has been monitoring existing clusters for any further transmission. As there have been no more cases linked to the Case 60102 cluster[1] for the past two incubation periods (i.e. 28 days), the cluster has now been closed. There are currently no open clusters of infections.

7.       COVID-19 viral fragments were detected on 21 March from testing of wastewater sample collected on 20 March from the UTown Residence North Tower at the National University of Singapore. As a precautionary measure, MOH carried out a special testing operations to test residents of the affected apartments. In total, 438 individuals were swabbed, and all the results have come back negative for COVID-19 infection. Our investigations indicate that the COVID-19 viral fragments detected in the wastewater sample were likely due to viral shedding from a recovered past infection amongst the residents.

Update on condition of confirmed cases

8.       8 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 60,086 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

9.       There are currently 25 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 112 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
25 MARCH 2021





[1] Case 60102 is a 41 year-old female Singaporean who works as a cabin crew with Singapore Airlines and was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 9 February.