MOH confirms 5 new cases of COVID-19; Total tally at 58,529

As of Monday (28 December), 12 pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 5 new cases of COVID-19 infection.

This brings the total number of infection cases to 58,529.

Amongst the new cases today, 2 are asymptomatic and were detected from screening and surveillance, while 3 were symptomatic.

One case is a locally transmitted case in the community.

There is 1 case in the community today who is currently unlinked. Case 58766 is a Singaporean who works as a cabin crew with Singapore Airlines, and a part-time private hire car driver with Grab. He is asymptomatic and was detected through proactive testing arranged by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore of aircrew who had returned from overseas flights.

He recently travelled to the US for work from 12 December to 16 December on a controlled itinerary. He was tested on 23 December, but his test result came back inconclusive on 25 December, necessitating another test. A second test conducted on 25 December was also inconclusive. He had remained at home while awaiting further tests.

His swab on 27 December came back positive for COVID-19 infection and he was conveyed in an ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases on the same day. His serological test result is negative, which indicates a likely current infection. The cabin crew on the same US flight as Case 58766 have all tested negative for COVID-19 infection on 23 December.

Given the relatively long time interval between his travel and positive COVID-19 test, the authority has classified this case as locally transmitted while epidemiological investigations are in progress. In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the case, including his family members and co-workers, have been isolated and placed on quarantine and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that we can detect asymptomatic cases.

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

Amongst the 4 imported cases, 3 (Cases 58768, 58769 and 58771) are Singaporeans who returned from India, Myanmar and the UK. The remaining case (Case 58767) is a Dependant’s Pass holder who arrived from India.

There are no new cases linked to clusters today.

Update on condition of confirmed cases

16 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 58,386 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 35 confirmed cases who are still in the hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 79 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.

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