Record 42 imported COVID-19 cases detected since circuit breaker with 60% from India

The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported that as of yesterday (10 Jan), it has confirmed and verified that there were 42 new imported cases with no cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. The imported cases had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new imported cases, 40 were asymptomatic while 2 symptomatic.

This is the highest number of imported cases since the lifting of circuit breaker on 1 Jun 2020. The last new high of imported cases since the lifting of circuit breaker was 35, which occurred a week ago on 3 Jan (‘Record 35 daily imported COVID-19 cases detected since circuit breaker; almost half from India‘).

Of the 42 individuals with confirmed infections, two were Singaporeans while another two were permanent residents who had arrived from Malaysia and India. One permanent resident and a long-term visa holder who travelled from India were also contacts of a previously confirmed case.

Six cases were dependant’s pass holders while four were work pass holders. Five foreign domestic workers were among the 24 cases involving work permit holders. An 11-year-old boy, a short-term visit pass holder, had arrived from India to visit his parent. Two special pass holders, who are sea crew members, had arrived onboard separate vessels. Both cases did not disembark and were taken to the hospital when they tested positive for the virus.

The breakdown of the 42 imported cases is as follows:

Traveled from:

  • UAE (1) – 1 DP
  • India (25) – 3 E/SP, 16 WP, 2 PR, 2 DP, 1 STVP, 1 LTVP
  • Nepal (2) – 2 DP
  • Bangladesh (3) – 3 WP
  • Philippines (2) – 1 E/SP, 1 WP
  • Malaysia (3) – 1 WP, 2 SC
  • Indonesia (4) – 3 WP, 1 SP
  • Austria (1) – 1 DP
  • Myanmar (1) – 1 SP

SC – Singapore Citizen
PR – Permanent Resident
DP – Dependant’s Pass
WP – Work Permit
E/SP – Work Pass
LTVP – Long Term Visit Pass
STVP – Short Term Visit Pass

Among the 42 imported cases, 60 percent (25) have travelled from India.

MOH said that 25 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. There are currently 60 confirmed cases who are still in hospital.

Of the 60, most are stable or improving, and 1 is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 182 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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