COVID-19: Singapore confirms 347 new cases, 7 in the community

15-Jul-2020 Intellasia | Yahoo News Singapore | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 347 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore as of Tuesday afternoon (14 July), bring the total to 46,630.

The vast majority of the cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories.

There are seven cases in the community, of whom one is a Singaporean and six are work pass holders. In addition, there are two imported cases who had been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore.

“In the next few days, we have a larger population of migrant workers in various purpose-built dormitories completing their isolation period and being tested for COVID-19. As some of them came from dormitories with higher prevalence of COVID-19 infection, we can expect a higher number of confirmed cases in the next few days from this group of migrant workers,” said the MOH, which will provide more details later in the day.

With 256 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Monday, 42,541 cases some 92 per cent of the total tally have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 166 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 3,550 patients with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from 26 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 14 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, including the 48-year-old male Indian national, whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.

“Only cases where the attending doctor or pathologist attributes the primary or underlying cause of death as due to COVID-19 infection will be added to the COVID-19 death count,” said the MOH in previous press releases, adding that the method of assessment is consistent with international practices for classifying deaths.

As of 6 July, the ministry has conducted 866,414 swab tests, of which 467,008 were done on unique individuals. This translates to around 152,000 swabs conducted per 1 million total population, and about 81,900 unique individuals swabbed per 1 million total population.


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