10 new COVID cases in Singapore, including one in community


Staff Writer, Singapore·Editorial TeamMon, 22 February 2021, 7:40 am

Event marshals carry a sign to remind visitors to comply with measures to curb the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak during the annual River Hongbao festival on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Ox, otherwise known as the Spring Festival, at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay, February 11, 2021. REUTERS/Loriene Perera
Event marshals carry a sign to remind visitors to comply with measures to curb the coronavirus disease outbreak during the annual River Hongbao festival at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay on 11 February, 2021. (PHOTO: Reuters)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Singapore on Monday (22 February), taking the country’s total case count to 59,879.

One of them is a locally transmitted COVID-19 infection in the community, while the remaining nine are imported.

On Sunday, the ministry said it is investigating a Malaysian truck driver who works as a freelance deliveryman and was denied entry into Singapore on 18 February after testing positive for COVID-19 for an antigen rapid test (ART) at Woodlands Checkpoint.

“Our investigations found that he had visited Resorts World Sentosa Casino on 9 February before departing for Malaysia on the same day. While he is not included in the case count as he had not been allowed entry into Singapore after his positive ART test, we will take all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure, including placing all identified close contacts on quarantine,” said the MOH.

The ministry added that Malaysian truck drivers are not allowed to mingle in the community other than for delivery purposes and are not to stay overnight. “Investigations are ongoing to assess if there had been any breach of the relevant prevailing measures,” it said.

This story will be updated later.

99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU

With 12 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Sunday, 59,731 cases – or 99.8 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 22 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and one is in the intensive care unit.

A total of 87 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from 29 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 15 others who tested positive for the virus were determined to have died from unrelated causes, including three whose deaths were attributed to a heart attack and another four, whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.

Amongst the 69 confirmed cases reported from 15 to 21 February, 43 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 11 have tested negative, and 15 serology test results are pending.

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