COVID-19: S’pore reports 55 new imported cases, highest ever; 3 more in community

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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Senior citizens waiting to get a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Singapore.
Senior citizens waiting to get a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Singapore. (PHOTO: Reuters/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 58 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Saturday (30 January), taking the country’s total case count to 59,507.

There are 55 imported cases, the most reported in a single day since the pandemic began, eclipsing the 48 cases reported on 23 March last year.

The overall 58 cases are also the most number of new cases in a single day since 11 September last year, when 86 new cases were reported.

There are three new cases of locally-transmitted infection, the first cases reported in eight days.

No new cases were reported in the dormitories.

Amongst the new cases, 54 are asymptomatic, and while four were symptomatic.

Played tennis with 12 others

Of the three community cases, one is a Certis Cisco officer, a 72-year-old Singaporean man, who is under investigation for meeting 12 other persons for tennis at a social club to assess if the group had breached safe management rules.

The man received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Monday at the vaccination centre located at Changi Airport Terminal 4 but MOH said he could not have been infected due to vaccination.

“It is possible for one to be infected just before or just after vaccination as it typically takes a few weeks for an individual to build up immunity after completing vaccination,” MOH said.

Another community case is a 68-year-old male Singapore permanent resident who works as a cleaner at Broadway coffee shop at 848 Yishun Street 81. He developed a sore throat and body aches on Tuesday but did not seek medical treatment. He went to work on Wednesday, and developed a runny nose that night. He stayed at home the next day.

On Friday, he sought medical treatment at a polyclinic where he was tested for COVID-19 as part of community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on the same day, and was conveyed to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). His serology test result is pending.

The man’s wife, a 69-year-old female Singapore permanent resident, is the third community case. The homemaker developed a cough and flu on 23 January and but did not seek medical treatment until Friday when she went to a polyclinic with her husband who was also symptomatic. She was tested for COVID-19 and her result came back positive on the same day. She was then conveyed to NCID. Her serology test result is pending.

Epidemiological investigations are ongoing.

“We strongly urge everyone to do their part to reduce the risk of transmission. Those who are unwell, including those showing early/mild symptoms, should be socially responsible and seek medical attention immediately and stay at home to prevent the spread of illness to others,” the MOH said.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 17 cases in the week before to three cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from three cases in the week before to two cases in the past week.

Imported cases

Amongst the 55 imported cases,

• three are Singaporeans and one is a Singapore permanent resident who returned from Bahrain, Indonesia, Malaysia and the UK.

• four are dependant’s pass holders who arrived from France, India and Russia.

• one is a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from India.

• two are work pass holders who arrived from Romania and the UAE.

• 41 are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar, of whom 32 are foreign domestic workers.

• three are short-term visit pass holders. One arrived from Indonesia for a job placement, another arrived from India to study in Singapore, and the remaining case arrived from Bangladesh to visit her family member who is warded in a hospital here.

99% of total cases have recovered

With 15 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Saturday, 59,196 cases – or 99.5 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 46 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and none in the intensive care unit.

A total of 236 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from 29 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 15 others who tested positive for the virus were determined to have died from unrelated causes, including three whose deaths were attributed to a heart attack and another four, whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.

Amongst the 247 confirmed cases reported from 24 January to 30 January, 122 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 40 have tested negative, and 85 serology test results are pending.

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