As of Sunday (27 December), 12 pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 5 new cases of COVID-19 infection, which is the lowest daily increase cases in two weeks.

This brings the total number of infection cases to 58,524.

Amongst the new cases today, 4 are asymptomatic and were detected from screening and surveillance, while 1 was symptomatic.

All cases are imported, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore.

Amongst the 5 imported cases, 1 (Case 58763) is a Singapore Permanent Resident who returned from Ukraine. The remaining 4 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, of whom 3 (Cases 58761, 58764 and 58765) are foreign domestic workers.

Case 58762 served SHN at Mandarin Orchard Singapore before she was transferred to another dedicated facility on 20 December when MOH commenced investigations into 13 previously reported cases who had served SHN at Mandarin Orchard Singapore between 22 October and 11 November 2020. She was swabbed on 19 December and 21 December and her test results were negative for COVID-19 infection. Her swab on 24 December at the end of SHN came back positive, and she was conveyed to the hospital the next day.

A confirmatory test by the National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) was also positive. However, a second sample taken by NPHL on 26 December came back negative, and her serological test result has also come back negative. Investigations are ongoing to assess if she could be linked to the 13 cases.

There are no new cases linked to clusters today.

Update on condition of confirmed cases

8 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 58,370 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 31 confirmed cases who are still in the hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 94 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.

29 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

Phase Three of re-opening on 28 December

The ministry announced that Singapore will enter into Phase Three of re-opening on 28 December. As more activities resume in the community, adherence to the safe management and safe distancing measures becomes even more critical in mitigating spread and keeping community transmission low.

“Let us continue to keep our guard up and be disciplined in our fight against COVID-19 so that we can remain safe as we transit to Phase Three,” it said.

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