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24 Mar 2021

24th Mar 2021

          As of 24 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 15 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 14 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

15


15

0


1

14

Total

15








2.            Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 2 cases in the week before to none in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 2 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 99 confirmed cases reported from 18 March to 24 March, 33 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 49 have tested negative, and 17 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: 15

Amongst the 15 imported cases,

•             3 (Cases 61135, 61136 and 61144) are Singaporeans who returned from Indonesia and the UK.
•             1 (Case 61139) is a Dependant’s Pass holder who arrived from Indonesia.
•             2 (Cases 61133 and 61140) are Work Pass holders who arrived from India.
•             9 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, of whom 1 (Case 61145) is a foreign domestic worker.

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

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.            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. There is evidence to suggest that this may be due to viral shedding from a recovered past infection amongst the residents, but as a precautionary measure, MOH carried out a special testing operations to test residents of the affected apartments. In total, 438 individuals, excluding the recovered case, were swabbed. 437 results have come back negative for COVID-19 infection, and 1 is pending.

 

Update on condition of confirmed cases

7.            15 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 60,078 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

8.            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. 103 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
24 MARCH 2021