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31 Jan 2021

31st Jan 2021

         As of 31 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 29 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

29

 

28

1

 

0

29

Total

29

 

 

 

 

 

 


2.          Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 15 cases in the week before to 3 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 3 cases 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 228 confirmed cases reported from 25 January to 31 January, 104 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 29 have tested negative, and 95 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: 29

Amongst the 29 imported cases, 

• 1 (Case 59846) is a Singaporean and 3 (Cases 59825, 59829 and 59830) are Singapore Permanent Residents who returned from India and the UK.
• 1 (Case 59849) is a Dependant’s Pass holder who arrived from Nigeria. 
• 1 (Case 59854) is a Long-Term Visit Pass holder who arrived from Nigeria.
• 1 (Case 59844) is a Student’s Pass holder who arrived from India.
• 4 (Cases 59824, 59831, 59832 and 59845) are Work Pass holders who arrived from India, Myanmar, Pakistan and the UAE.
• 13 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Myanmar, of whom 6 (Cases 59821, 59823, 59827, 59828, 59841 and 59842) are foreign domestic workers.
• 5 (Cases 59834, 59835, 59836, 59838 and 59840) are Short-Term Visit Pass holders. Case 59834 arrived from India to study in Singapore. Cases 59835, 59836 and 59838 arrived from India, Myanmar and Indonesia respectively to visit their family members who are Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents. Case 59840 arrived from the Philippines for her upcoming marriage to her Singaporean fiancé. 

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

Case 59825 is a 36 year-old male Singapore Permanent Resident who returned from a trip to India on 19 December 2020 and served SHN at a dedicated facility until 2 January 2021. His swab done on 31 December during SHN was negative for COVID-19. He is asymptomatic, and was detected when he took a COVID-19 pre-departure test on 29 January in preparation for another trip to India. His test result came back positive the next day, and he was conveyed to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. His Ct value was very high, which is indicative of a low viral load, and his serology test result has also come back positive. Given that these indicate likely past infection, we have classified the case as imported based on his travel history. He is likely to be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA, which are no longer transmissible and infective to others.

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.        32 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 59,228 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities. 

6.           There are currently 44 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 235 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. 

MINISTRY OF HEALTH
31 JANUARY 2021