All 12 new COVID cases in S'pore imported; Tuas View dorm cluster closed

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·2-min read
People buying food at a hawker centre in Singapore.
People buying food at a hawker centre in Singapore. (PHOTO: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 12 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Wednesday (21 October) noon, taking the country’s total cases to 57,933.

All 12 new cases are imported and asymptomatic, said the MOH, adding that they were proactively detected.

The ministry also announced the closure of the cluster at Tuas View Dormitory – located at 70 Tuas South Avenue 1 – as there are no cases linked to it for the past two incubation periods or 28 days.

Amongst the 12 imported cases, nine are work permit holders currently employed here who arrived from Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines.

Another two are dependant’s pass holders who arrived from the United Arab Emirates. The remaining case is a short-term visit pass holder who arrived from Egypt for his upcoming marriage to his Singaporean fiancée.

All of them had all been placed on the stay-home notice upon their arrival here and were tested while serving the notice.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from four cases in the week before, to two in the past week.

It added that the number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from none in the week before, to two cases in the past week.

99% of total cases have recovered; none in ICU

With two more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Wednesday, 57,821 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 43 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 41 patients with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from 28 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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