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

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·2 min read
The courtyard at the Connect@Changi facility in Singapore.
The courtyard at the Connect@Changi facility in Singapore. (PHOTO: Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 12 new cases of COVID-19 in Singapore on Saturday (20 February), taking the country's total case count to 59,858.

There are no new cases of locally-transmitted infection.

"There are 12 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore," said the ministry.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from eight cases in the week before to one case in the past week, the ministry said. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from five cases in the week before to one case in the past week. 

Details of 12 imported cases

Among the 12 imported cases: 

  •  Cases 60348 and 60351 are Singaporeans who returned from India and the UK. 

  • Cases 60347 and 60350 are dependant’s pass holders who arrived from India. 

  • Cases 60345, 60346 and 60349 are student’s pass holders who arrived from India. 

  • Cases 60343 and 60344 are work pass holders who arrived from the UAE and US. 

  • Case 60354 is a work permit holder who arrived from Indonesia and is a foreign domestic worker. 

  • Cases 60340 and 60342 are short-term visit pass holders. Case 60340 arrived from India to visit her family member who is a Singaporean. Case 60342 arrived from India for studies in Singapore.

99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU

With 22 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Saturday, 59,719 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 20 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and one is in the intensive care unit.

A total of 90 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.

Among the 72 confirmed cases reported from 14 to 20 February, 47 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 11 have tested negative, and 14 serology test results are pending.

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