Singapore reported 10 new COVID-19 cases on Friday (Oct 9), of which nine were imported infections. The one locally-transmitted case lives in a dormitory.

The new cases take the national total to 57,859.

Of the nine new imported cases, one is a Singapore permanent resident who returned from the Philippines.

Six other cases – four work permit holders, one work pass holder and one special pass holder – are currently employed in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

They were all placed on 14-day stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore, and were tested while serving their stay-home notice at dedicated facilities even though they were asymptomatic.

The remaining two cases were crew members of a ship that arrived in Singapore from Malaysia on Sep 23.

They had remained on the ship until they were transferred to a quarantine facility, where they were swabbed to determine their status even though they were asymptomatic. 

Both men – a Filipino and a Ukrainian – were identified as contacts of each other and six other people who had previously tested positive for COVID-19. 

In response to CNA’s queries, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore confirmed all eight arrived in Singapore on the same ship from Malaysia on Sep 23.

The one dormitory case reported on Friday was identified earlier as a contact of previously confirmed cases and was quarantined to prevent further transmission.

“He was tested during quarantine to determine his status,” said the ministry.

MOH added that there are no new cases detected in purpose-built dormitories for the first time since Mar 28.

There were no new community cases reported on Friday. It is the third consecutive day this week of no new COVID-19 infections in the community.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained stable at an average of one case per day in the past two weeks.

“The number of unlinked cases in the community has also remained stable at an average of fewer than one case per day in the past two weeks.

“We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme,” said the ministry.

Epidemiological investigations are in progress, said MOH.

In the meantime, all identified close contacts of the cases were isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that asymptomatic cases can be detected.

Serological tests for the close contacts of the confirmed cases will also be conducted to determine if the cases were infected by them.

Read more: Channel News Asia

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