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29 Jan 2021

29th Jan 2021

               As of 29 January 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 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 decreased from 21 cases in the week before to none in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 5 cases 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 199 confirmed cases reported from 23 January to 29 January, 102 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 35 have tested negative, and 62 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: 24

Amongst the 24 imported cases,

  • 2 (Cases 59733 and 59753) are Singaporeans and 1 (Case 59731) is a Singapore Permanent Resident who returned from Myanmar, Spain and the UAE.
  • 1 (Case 59740) is a Long-Term Visit Pass holder who arrived from India.
  • 1 (Case 59736) is a Student’s Pass holder who arrived from India.
  • 1 (Case 59730) is a Work Pass holder who arrived from the UAE.
  • 16 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines, of whom 12 (Cases 59732, 59737, 59739, 59741, 59745, 59746, 59747, 59750, 59751, 59752, 59754 and 59755) are foreign domestic workers.
  • 1 (Case 59735) is a Short-Term Visit Pass holder who arrived from India to study in Singapore.
  • 1 (Case 59738) is a sea crew holding a Special Pass who arrived from Ukraine onboard a vessel. He was swabbed upon arrival and isolated while awaiting his test result, and conveyed to a hospital subsequently.

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

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.

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

6.          MOH has completed a special testing operation for staff who have been working from 31 December 2020 at Jewel Changi Airport, and at the shops and food establishments that are open to the public at Changi Airport Terminal 3. This was a precautionary measure after whole genome sequencing and phylogenetic analysis conducted by the National Public Health Laboratory revealed that 3 previously reported cases (Cases 59028[1], 59340[2] and 59351[3]) tested positive for the B117 variant, and could be linked. In total, 409 staff were tested and all the results have come back negative for COVID-19 infection.

Update on condition of confirmed cases

7.           33 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 59,181 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.


8.            There are currently 47 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 192 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.



[1] Case 59028 is a Work Permit holder who works at Azur at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 5 January.

[2] Case 59340 is a Singaporean who works at Singapore Scouts Association. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 15 January.

[3] Case 59351 is the spouse of Case 59340, and works at OCBC Tampines Centre One. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 15 January.