Skip to main content



29 new Covid-19 cases, all imported including 21 foreign domestic workers; highest daily tally since Sept 21

SINGAPORE — Singapore on Tuesday (Dec 22) reported 29 new imported cases of Covid-19. This is the highest daily case tally since Sept 21, when there were 31 infections.

SINGAPORE — Singapore on Tuesday (Dec 22) reported 29 new imported cases of Covid-19. This is the highest daily case tally since Sept 21, when there were 31 infections.

There are no cases in the wider community.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said that 24 of the cases have no symptoms.

The 29 cases are:

  • Three Singaporeans who had returned from Costa Rica, Indonesia and the United States

  • A permanent resident who had returned from india

  • Twenty-three work pass holders — including 21 foreign domestic workers — employed to work here and who had arrived from Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and the US

  • Two short-term visit pass holders, with one having arrived from India to visit a relative here and the other is a crew member of a ship that had arrived from Indonesia. The 22-year-old man had not disembarked from the ship until he was taken to a quarantine facility

All 29 imported cases had been placed on stay-home notices or isolated upon their arrival in Singapore and they were tested for the coronavirus.


During a media briefing on Tuesday, Education Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the governmental Covid-19 task force, said that Singapore will see imported cases as it continues to allow foreign workers and returning Singaporeans to enter.

"It's to be expected... unless we refused to take in any person coming into Singapore, which means Singaporeans may not have access to their foreign domestic workers… or construction workers, which would mean a huge delay in projects," he said.

"So, if we want these things to continue, whether it's for construction, whether it's for foreign domestic workers to look after elderly Singaporeans, new arrivals will have to come in."

These workers have to undertake a free Covid-19 test before departing for Singapore to certify that they are Covid-19-negative before they can come, he added.

"But even that is not foolproof because you can have an incubation period. You may test negative a few days before you depart, but when you arrive, you may end up testing positive because of the incubation period. And that's why I think we have to expect that with a constant flow of people coming into Singapore… a fair number of them will be impacted."

He said: "The assurance to everyone is that all of them have been isolated from the airport, taking dedicated transport to the hotels that they are in, and they are serving the full 14 days of isolation before they are allowed out, and then they will be tested along the way as well."


In an update on the sole community case that was reported on Monday, MOH said that the serological test of the 39-year-old Singaporean woman was positive.

This indicates “a likely past infection”, the ministry said.

The woman was the first community infection confirmed here in over two weeks.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained low with a total of one case in the past week who is not linked to other confirmed cases so far, MOH said.


The total number of infections in Singapore now stands at 58,461.

Of these, 58,304 people have fully recovered and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities, including 17 on Tuesday.

There are still 47 patients in hospitals and most are in stable condition or improving. No one is in intensive care.

Another 81 patients are isolated at community facilities. They have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still tested positive for Covid-19.

Twenty nine people have died from complications due to the disease.

Related topics

MOH Covid-19 coronavirus foreign domestic worker

Read more of the latest in




Stay in the know. Anytime. Anywhere.

Subscribe to get daily news updates, insights and must reads delivered straight to your inbox.

By clicking subscribe, I agree for my personal data to be used to send me TODAY newsletters, promotional offers and for research and analysis.