SINGAPORE – Eight new cases of coronavirus were confirmed as of Sunday afternoon (Nov. 29), bringing Singapore’s total to 58,213.
There were seven imported cases posted on a home message upon arrival in Singapore.
Sunday’s figure also included a community case, the Department of Health (MOH) said.
The ministry said based on its investigation so far that the case concerns a migrant worker living in the community, and was discovered during community testing of exhibitors in and around Tekka Center on Thursday (Nov. 26).
“His serological test result has come back positive, indicating a probable past infection,” said MOH.
More details will be announced on Sunday evening.
On Saturday, MOH said a 68-year-old man, who had a history of hypertension and heart disease, died of complications from Covid-19.
The Singaporean is the 29th patient to die of the virus here, while 15 patients tested positive have died from other causes.
He had traveled to Indonesia for work on March 10, and returned to Singapore on November 17 after becoming short of breath on November 11. On arrival here he was admitted to hospital.
The man was confirmed to the Covid-19 infection on November 18 and died Friday.
The cause of death was identified as ischemic heart disease with Covid-19, MOH said Saturday.
The National University Hospital has contacted the man’s family and is offering them assistance.
The last patient to die here from Covid-19-related complications was a 64-year-old male, as reported by MOH on Oct. 12. He was diagnosed with coronavirus on October 4.
Six new coronavirus cases here were announced by MOH on Saturday, including a locally transferred community case.
The local business is a 60-year-old Singaporean woman who sells mutton with a colleague at a stall in Tekka Market.
She lives at 22 Yishun Street with her husband, who has worked at Mustafa Center for the past few years. She regularly visits her children who live at 13 Bishan Street and 86 Tampines Street.
She was asymptomatic and was detected on Thursday during MOH’s surveillance tests of exhibitors in and near Tekka Center.
MOH said all of her identified close contacts, including her family members and colleague, have been isolated and quarantined.
They will be tested at the beginning and end of their quarantine period to detect asymptomatic cases.
The ministry will also perform serological tests on the woman’s household and family contacts to determine if she could be infected.
The remaining five new cases announced on Saturday were imported and posted on a home message upon arrival in Singapore.
There were no new cases from workers’ dormitories on Saturday, MOH said.
With eight cases discharged on Saturday, 58,119 patients have fully recovered from the disease in Singapore.
A total of 32 patients remained in hospital on Saturday, while 25 in community facilities were convalescing.
Worldwide, the virus outbreak, which began last December, has infected more than 62.2 million people. More than 1.45 million people have died.