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COVID-19: Singapore confirms 17 new cases, all imported

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·2-min read
People sit on a chair marked out to keep social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic on March 19, 2021 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People sit on a chair marked out to keep social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic on March 19, 2021 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 17 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of noon on Saturday (20 March), taking the country's total case count to 60,184.

These are all imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

There are no new locally transmitted cases.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from two cases in the week before to none in the past week, the ministry said. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from two cases in the week before to none in the past week. 

Details of the 17 cases

Among the 17 imported cases: 

  • One is a Singaporean who returned from India. 

  • One is a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from Myanmar. 

  • Three work pass holders who arrived from India and Romania. 

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

  • Two are short-term visit pass holders who arrived from Indonesia. One of the cases was already receiving medical care in Singapore and had returned for further treatment, and the other is her caregiver.

99% of total cases have recovered, none in ICU

With three more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Saturday, 60,022 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 17 hospitalised cases are stable or improving. None of them are in the intensive care unit.

A total of 115 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 96 confirmed cases reported from 14 to 20 March, 40 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 40 have tested negative, and 16 serology test results are pending.

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