SINGAPORE: Singapore reported eight new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (Nov 29), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
Of the new infections, one case was in the community and seven were imported. Five of the new cases were asymptomatic, the health ministry said.
COMMUNITY CASE UNLINKED
The only community case is a 41-year-old work permit holder from India who works as a warehouse assistant.
He was detected from the community surveillance testing of stallholders in and around Tekka Centre on Nov 26.
A day later, he tested positive for COVID-19 and was taken to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.
The man’s serological test returned positive, which indicates a “likely past infection”, MOH said. He is currently unlinked to previous cases.
The 41-year-old’s work entails stocktaking at warehouses located along Cuff Road and delivery of goods to Jothi Store and Flower Shop at 1 Campbell Lane, said MOH, adding that he does not interact with customers at the store.
A warehouse assistant who usually works with him was swabbed on Nov 26 and tested negative for COVID-19.
“He resides at Cuff Road with two other migrant workers, who have both similarly tested negative for COVID-19 infection,” MOH added.
A total of 876 individuals were tested during the community surveillance testing of stallholders in and around Tekka Centre on Nov 26.
Two have tested positive, including the 41-year-old reported on Sunday. The other is a 60-year-old Singaporean woman who sells mutton at Tekka Market – she was reported as a confirmed case on Saturday.
Both cases are “likely past infections” as indicated by positive serological test results, the ministry said. The other 874 people tested negative.
“Community surveillance testing enables us to contain cryptic cases in the community early, and prevent further transmission,” said MOH.
The NTUC FairPrice outlet at 301 Yishun Avenue 2 was also added to a list of public places visited by COVID-19 community cases during their infectious period.
It was visited on Nov 21, between 8.50pm and 9.55pm.
IMPORTED CASES INCLUDES CORNERMAN FOR MMA EVENT
The imported cases were all placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore, MOH said.
One of the imported cases is a 58-year-old short-term visit pass holder who arrived from Belarus to take part in a mixed martial arts sporting event as a cornerman.
CNA has approached the Singapore Tourism Board for more information.
Three of the imported cases are work permit holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from Indonesia.
One is a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from Russia, while another is a student’s pass holder who arrived from India.
The remaining imported case is a short-term visit pass holder who is an engineer on a work project in Singapore. He arrived from Malta.
FIVE MORE CASES DISCHARGED
Five more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the number of fully recovered patients to 58,124.
There are 31 cases who are still in hospital. Most are stable or improving, and no one is in the intensive care unit.
Another 29 cases are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are people who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well, but still test positive for COVID-19.
A 68-year-old man died from complications due to the coronavirus on Friday. His death, reported on Saturday night, is Singapore’s 29th such fatality.
MOH said that that the Singaporean man, known as Case 58343, had a history of hypertension and heart disease. The man travelled to Indonesia for work on Mar 10.
He had experienced shortness of breath since Nov 11 and returned to Singapore on Nov 17 when he was admitted to a hospital upon his arrival, said MOH. His COVID-19 infection was confirmed the following day.
Singapore’s tally of cases stands at 58,213 as of Sunday, with fatalities at 29.