Dormitory resident among 11 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore

Singapore reported 11 new Covid-19 cases, comprising one in a dormitory and 10 imported cases, on Sunday (Feb 28, 2021). The new cases take Singapore's total to 59,936. - The Straits Times/ANN

SINGAPORE, Feb 28 (The Straits Times/ANN): There were 11 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Sunday, including one from a migrant workers' dormitory.

There were no community cases, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). The remaining 10 were imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore.

The new cases take Singapore's total to 59,936.

On Saturday, MOH reported that a 64-year-old Singaporean man died from Covid-19 complications on Friday after he had contracted the coronavirus while living in Indonesia.

The ministry said on Saturday the man had been living in Indonesia from March 17 last year and had a past history of hyperlipidaemia, or abnormally high levels of fats in his blood.

He first tested positive for the coronavirus on Jan 26 while in Indonesia and was hospitalised there the next day.

He was then medically evacuated to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) here for treatment on Jan 29. A test taken on Jan 30 came back positive for the virus.

As he was already an overseas registered case, he was not included in Singapore's Covid-19 case count, MOH said.

NCID has contacted the man's family and is extending assistance to them.

All the 12 new coronavirus cases on Saturday were imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notices or isolated on arrival in Singapore.

No new cases from the community or from within migrant workers' dormitories were reported.

The new imported cases comprised two Singaporeans who returned from the United Arab Emirates and the United States respectively, two dependant's pass holders who arrived from India and Myanmar, three work Pass holders from Brazil, India and the Netherlands, and five work permit holders from India, Indonesia and Malaysia, four of whom are foreign domestic workers.

Of the 12 new cases, 11 were asymptomatic and were detected through proactive screening and surveillance, while one, a 40-year-old female work permit holder from India, was symptomatic.

She started to develop symptoms on Thursday and tested positive on Friday.

Meanwhile, 13 more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, and 59,801 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 15 patients remain in hospital, including one in critical condition, while 65 are recuperating in community facilities.

Singapore has had 29 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes. - The Straits Times/ANN
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