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170 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, including 24 in community

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (July 11) reported 170 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore. These include 24 cases in the community, of whom seven are Singaporeans or permanent residents. The other 17 are work pass holders.

170 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, including 24 in community

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (July 11) reported 170 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore. These include 24 cases in the community, of whom seven are Singaporeans or permanent residents. The other 17 are work pass holders.

Of these 24 cases, 19 were picked up as a result of MOH's proactive surveillance and screening, and five had already been placed on quarantine earlier.

"Twenty of the cases are asymptomatic, and were all detected through our proactive testing," the ministry said.

Fifteen of the community cases are linked to previous cases or clusters. Of these, five had been identified as contacts of earlier confirmed cases, and had been tested during their quarantine to determine their status.

"The rest of the cases were detected through our proactive testing, even though they are all asymptomatic," MOH said, adding that nine of them were swabbed as they work in essential services, and the remaining case was tested as part of its efforts to screen individuals working in frontline Covid-19 operations.

Nine of the community cases have no known links to previous cases. "All of them are asymptomatic, and were identified from our periodic screening of workers in essential services who are living outside the dormitories," MOH said.

There is one imported case who had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore. She is an Indian national who returned to Singapore from India on July 6. She is a work pass holder who is employed in Singapore.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased, MOH said, from an average of nine cases a day in the week before, to an average of 19 a day in the past week.

"The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased, from an average of five cases a day in the week before, to an average of nine a day in the past week," it added. 

"We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme."

The 170 new cases brings the total number of Covid-19 infections here to 45,783.

Of these, 42,026 have fully recovered and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities, including 246 who were discharged announced on Saturday. 

There are still 192 patients in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and one is in critical condition under intensive care.

Some 3,539 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.

Twenty-six people have died from complications due to Covid-19.

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