Covid-19: 54 new Covid-19 cases reported in S'pore, total reported cases crosses 500 mark

Most of the new cases are still imported ones.

Jason Fan | March 23, 2020, 08:07 PM

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced 54 new cases of Covid-19 in Singapore on March 23, bringing the total number of cases to 509.

This makes it the highest single-day increase of Covid-19 cases in Singapore.

Out of the 54 new cases, 48 of them are imported, while six are local cases.

All six cases are unlinked.

A further eight cases were discharged, taking the total number of discharged cases to 152. Meanwhile, there are still 15 in the intensive care unit.

Highest-ever number of Covid-19 cases in one day

This is the list of the cases today:

The 48 imported cases had travel history to Europe, North America and ASEAN. All, except one, were returning residents and Long Term Pass Holders.

There are a total of eight discharged cases (Cases 115, 170, 178, 185, 211, 235, 260 and 291).

Case 115

Case 115 is a 62-year-old female Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions.

She is a family member of Case 114, and is linked to the cluster involving a private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong.

Case 170

Case 170 is an imported case involving a 56-year-old female Indonesian national who had arrived in Singapore on Mar. 9.

Case 178

Case 178 is an imported case involving a 37-year-old male Filipino national who is a Singapore Work Pass holder.

He had been in the Philippines from Feb. 11 to Feb. 19, and again from Feb. 23 to Mar. 2 to visit a relative with pneumonia who has since passed on.

He is a family member of Case 167.

Case 185

Case 185 is a 34 year-old male Singapore Citizen who had been in Malaysia from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23.

He is linked to case 142.

Case 211

Case 211 is a 35-year-old female Filipino national who is a Singapore Long Term Visit Pass holder. She is linked to Case 142.

Case 235

Case 235 is a 31-year-old female Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions.

She is employed as a Medical Social Worker at SGH, and is linked to Case 208.

Case 260

Case 260 is a 48-year-old female Singapore Permanent Resident who has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions.

Case 291

Case 291 is a 52-year-old male Indian national who is a Long Term Pass Holder. He had travel history to Indonesia, and is a family member of Case 260.

Short-term visitors will not be allowed to enter Singapore after Mar. 23

On March 22, MOH announced 23 new cases of Covid-19, 18 of which were imported.

Four more cases were discharged, including an 80-year-old patient who was discharged four days after being confirmed with Covid-19.

With a surge in imported cases recently, Minister for National Development and co-chair of the Multi Ministry Taskforce Lawrence Wong announced on March 22 that all short-term visitors will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore.

This will take effect after March 23, 11:59pm.

On March 23, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) also announced that all travellers arriving in Singapore, including Singapore citizens and permanent residents, must submit a health declaration prior to proceeding with immigration clearance.

This will take effect from March 27, 9am.

Meanwhile, private hospitals have started to receive recovering Covid-19 patients from public healthcare institutions in order to ease their load.

The first is Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Orchard Road, for instance, which received 29 patients from NCID on Monday, March 23.

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