COVID-19: Singapore detects 40 new cases, all imported

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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People seen at the departure hall of Changi Airport on 15 March. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
People seen at the departure hall of Changi Airport on 15 March. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (25 April) confirmed the detection of 40 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 61,006.

All the new cases are imported and have been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) since their arrival in Singapore, said the MOH. There are no new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection, the ministry added.

In a press release, the ministry said that among the new cases today, 37 were asymptomatic, "and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance", while three were symptomatic.

Details of the 40 imported cases

Among the imported cases: 

  • Two are Singaporeans and 10 are Singapore permanent residents who returned from India, Indonesia, the Philippines and the UAE. 

  • Four dependant’s pass holders who arrived from India and Nepal. 

  • Five work pass holders who arrived from India, the Maldives and Nepal. 

  • 12 are work permit holders who arrived from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, of whom six are foreign domestic workers. 

  • Four student’s pass holders who arrived from Bangladesh and India. 

  • Three are short-term visit pass holders. Two arrived from Indonesia and India to visit their family members who are Singaporeans or Singapore permanent residents. One case arrived from Indonesia for a work project in Singapore.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from eight cases in the week before to 10 cases in the past week, the MOH said. The number of unlinked cases in the community has decreased from four cases in the week before to three cases in the past week.

99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU

With 33 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Sunday, 60,662 cases – or 99.4 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 94 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while one of them is in the intensive care unit.

A total of 220 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from the 30 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.

Among the 175 confirmed cases reported from 19 to 25 April, 64 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 68 have tested negative, and 43 serology test results are pending.

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