As of Wednesday noon (6 Jan), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed an additional 31 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.

This brings the total number of infection cases to 58,780.

Amongst the new cases today, 30 are asymptomatic and were detected from screening and surveillance, while 1 was symptomatic.

There are two new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection.

Case 59028, a 24 year-old male Korean national, is a Work Permit holder who works at Azur at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (75 Airport Boulevard). His job entails delivering pre-packed meals to air crew and hotel guests. He does not interact with diners at Azur.

He tested positive for a pooled swab during Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) on 2 January, and was tested again on 4 January. On the same day, he started to develop acute respiratory infection (ARI) symptoms.

His individual test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 5 January, and he was conveyed in an ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. His serological test result has come back negative, indicating that this is likely a current infection.

He has also tested preliminarily positive for the B117 strain, and is pending further confirmatory tests.

Case 59034 is a 31 year-old male Filipino who arrived from the Philippines on 4 December and served SHN at a dedicated facility until 18 December. His pre-departure test taken in the Philippines on 1 December was negative for COVID-19 infection, and his test on 14 December during SHN came back negative as well.

He is a Work Permit holder who is employed by Singapore General Hospital (SGH), but has not started work yet. As part of his pre-employment health screening, he was tested for COVID-19 on 5 January even though he is asymptomatic, and his test came back positive. He was subsequently conveyed to SGH in an ambulance.

His serological test result has come back positive, which indicates a likely past infection.

In addition, there are 29 imported cases, who had been placed on Stay-Home Notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

Amongst the 29 imported cases 1 (Case 59025) is a Singaporean and 2 (Cases 59026 and 59033) are Singapore Permanent Residents who returned from UK and India.

1 (Case 59006) is a Dependant’s Pass holder who arrived from India.

5 (Cases 59003, 59004, 59007, 59008 and 59030) are Work Pass holders who arrived from India, Indonesia and UAE.

16 are Work Permit holders who arrived from India, Indonesia and Myanmar, of whom 12 (Cases 59011, 59012, 59013, 59014, 59017, 59018, 59019, 59020, 59021, 59029, 59031 and 59032) are foreign domestic workers.

1 (Case 59022) is a sea crew holding a Special Pass who arrived from China on board a vessel. He was swabbed upon arrival in Singapore.

3 (Cases 59023, 59024 and 59027) are Short-Term Visit Pass holders. Cases 59023 and 59024 arrived from the Philippines and Japan respectively for work projects here. They were swabbed upon arrival in Singapore and isolated while awaiting their test results. Case 59027 is here to visit her Singaporean spouse.

Update on condition of confirmed cases

24 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 58,541 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 64 confirmed cases who are still in the hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and 1 is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 146 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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