COVID-19: Singapore confirms 12 new cases, all imported

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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Travellers along the transit area of Changi International Airport in Singapore.
Travellers along the transit area of Changi International Airport in Singapore. (PHOTO: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 12 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Wednesday (16 December), taking the country’s total to 58,353.

All 12 are imported cases and there are no new local transmissions.

“Amongst the new cases today, 10 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while two were symptomatic,” said the MOH.

Two are Singaporeans and two are permanent residents who returned from Indonesia, Australia, the Philippines, and India.

Four others are work permit holders currently employed in Singapore who arrived from India, Myanmar, and Indonesia.

Two are dependant’s pass holders who arrived from the United Arab Emirates and India. One is a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from India.

The remaining case is a short-term visit pass holder who is here to visit his Singaporean spouse.

All of them were either placed on the stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival here and subsequently tested.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with no new cases in the past week.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday announced that Singapore’s Phase 3 reopening will begin on 28 December as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to ease with a fall in the number of locally transmitted cases.

99% of total cases have recovered

With five more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Wednesday, 58,238 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 25 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and none are in the intensive care unit.

A total of 61 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.

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