Singapore reports 30 new Covid-19 cases, including 5 in the community.

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There were 30 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Thursday noon (Dec 31), taking Singapore’s total to 58,599.
There were 25 imported cases who were placed on stay-home notices or isolated on arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

There were five new community cases and none from worker’s dormitories.

On Wednesday, a Singapore Airlines (SIA) pilot and a work pass holder preliminarily tested positive for the new B117 strain of the coronavirus that is circulating in the United Kingdom.

The new B117 strain is reportedly 70 percent more contagious but has not shown signs of being more lethal or severe.

The pilot, a 40-year-old Singaporean man, had traveled to the United Kingdom for work between Dec 19 and 22, said MOH on Wednesday.

Although he tested negative for Covid-19 on returning to Singapore, he developed a fever last Saturday and sought medical treatment at a general practitioner clinic the next day, where he was swabbed and confirmed positive on Tuesday.

Further tests will be conducted to confirm the Covid-19 strain the man has.

The work pass holder who also preliminarily tested positive for the B117 strain is a 53-year-old man who returned from the United Kingdom. He was confirmed positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, there were 24 other imported cases, all of whom had been placed on stay-home notice or isolated on arrival in Singapore, said MOH.

Among the imported cases, three are Singaporean, four are permanent residents, five are work pass holders and seven are work permit holders. Of the seven work permit holders, six are foreign domestic workers.

The imported cases also include three dependant’s pass holders, one student pass holder, one long-term visit pass holder, one short-term visit pass holder, and one special pass holder.

The sole community case announced on Wednesday was a permanent resident who works as a marine surveyor at Lloyd’s Register Singapore.

As part of his job, the 46-year-old man works onboard vessels docked at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard.

He had not gone to work since the onset of symptoms on Sunday.

His case is currently unlinked and epidemiological investigations are being done, said MOH.

Marina Bay Sands, IMM, Takashimaya, and Orchard Gateway were among places visited by Covid-19 patients while they were still infectious, said MOH.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with a total of two cases in the past week which is currently unlinked.

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

Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December last year, has infected more than 82.6 million people. More than 1.8 million people have died.


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