Singapore reports 40 new COVID-19 cases

SINGAPORE, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 40 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 59,197.

There are four new community cases and 36 new imported cases.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased to 18 in the past week from four in the week before. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased to six in the past week from two in the week before, said MOH.

All the new imported cases had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore. Of the new local cases, one is currently unlinked and three are linked to previous cases.

The MOH strongly urges everyone to do their part to reduce the risk of transmission, adding that those who are unwell, including those showing early or mild symptoms, should be socially responsible and seek medical attention immediately and stay at home to prevent the spread of illness to others.

On Wednesday, 32 more patients of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 58,926 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities, the ministry said.

There are currently 45 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Furthermore, 197 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.

Altogether 29 people have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection in Singapore.

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