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26 Dec 2020

26th Dec 2020

1.     As of 26 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 10 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated 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

10

 

10

0

 

0

10

Total

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.     Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with a total of 1 case in the past week who is currently unlinked. 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: 10

Amongst the 10 imported cases, 2 (Cases 58756 and 58760) are Singaporeans who returned from the UK. Another 2 (Cases 58750 and 58751) are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh and India. In addition, there are 3 (Cases 58752, 58753 and 58759) Dependant’s Pass holders who arrived from India. The remaining cases are Short-Term Visit Pass holders. Cases 58754 and 58758 are relatives of Singaporeans who arrived from Qatar and India respectively. Case 58757 is a caregiver to an individual who was already receiving medical care in Singapore and had returned for further treatment. They had all already been placed on SHN or isolated upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN or under isolation.

Case 58754 served SHN at Mandarin Orchard Singapore before he was transferred to another dedicated facility on 20 December when MOH commenced investigations into 13 previously reported cases who had served SHN at Mandarin Orchard Singapore between 22 October and 11 November 2020. He was swabbed on 19 December and 21 December and his test results were negative for COVID-19 infection. His swab on 24 December at the end of SHN came back positive, and his serological test result is negative. Investigations are ongoing to assess if he could be linked to the 13 cases.

3.     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.

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

Update on condition of confirmed cases

5.     10 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 58,362 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

6.     There are currently 37 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 91 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.