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765 More Cases Discharged; 218 New Cases Of COVID-19 Infection Confirmed

                  As of 20 June 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified an additional 218 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore. The breakdown is as follows:

  a)  Imported cases: 0

There are no imported cases today. 

  b)  Cases in the community: 2
(2 Work Permit holders)

There are no Singaporean/ Permanent Resident cases today.

Of the 2 cases in the community, 1 had been picked up as a result of our proactive surveillance and screening, and the other had already been placed on quarantine.

Case 41673 had been identified as a contact of previously confirmed cases, and had already been quarantined at a government quarantine facility. He had been swabbed during quarantine to verify his status, even though he is asymptomatic. Case 41848 is also asymptomatic, and was detected as a result of our efforts to screen workers in essential services.

Besides the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, we also conducted serological tests to determine if these cases are current or past infections.[1] The serological test results for both cases have come back positive, which indicate likely past infections.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 8 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 4 per day in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of 3 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 2 per day in the past week. We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme.

  c)  Cases residing in dormitories: 216

We continue to pick up cases amongst Work Permit holders residing in dormitories, including in factory-converted dormitories, because of extensive testing in these premises, as part of our process to verify and test the status of all workers.

2.              Details of these trends can be found in MOH’s daily situation Report ( Please refer to Annex A for the summary of the confirmed cases.

3.              Of the new cases, 98% are linked to known clusters, while the rest are pending contact tracing.

Links between previous cases found

4.              In the past week (13 June to 19 June), MOH has uncovered links for 7 previously unlinked cases.

5.              Further epidemiological investigations and contact tracing have uncovered links between previously announced and new cases. Please refer to Annex B and Annex C for details.

Update on condition of confirmed cases

6.              765 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 34,224 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

7.              There are currently 185 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and 1 is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 7,398 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. 26 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

20 JUNE 2020

[1] Cases whose serological tests are positive are likely to have a past infection, and could be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA picked by the PCR test, which were no longer transmissible and infective to others.

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