24 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported
SINGAPORE: There were 24 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of noon on Tuesday (Apr 6), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its preliminary daily update.
All the new infections were imported and were placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore.
No new COVID-19 cases were reported in the community for the third consecutive day.
Five cases are Singapore permanent residents who arrived from India and Malaysia.
There was a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from Ukraine, and a long-term visit pass holder from the Phillippines.
Two cases were student’s pass holders from India, while there was one work pass holder who arrived from Bangladesh.
There were also 12 work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India and Malaysia, including a foreign domestic worker.
The remaining two cases were short-term visit pass holders, both arriving from India. One of them is in Singapore to visit family members who are permanent residents here, while the other is here for a work project.
Twenty-five more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore’s total recoveries to 60,239.
There are 48 cases still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. Another 202 people are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.
Of the 172 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported between Mar 31 and Apr 6, 66 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 82 have tested negative and 24 serology test results are pending.
Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained at two cases per week in the past two weeks, said MOH.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has also remained at two cases per week in the past two weeks, it added.
IATA TRAVEL PASS FOR TRAVELLERS FLYING TO SINGAPORE
Travellers flying into Singapore will be able to use the International Air Transport Association (IATA) travel pass from May 1, said IATA and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on Monday.
With the pass, travellers will be able to share their pre-departure COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results with their airline during check-in and on-arrival at immigration checkpoints at Changi Airport.
READ: SIA’s trial of IATA travel pass ‘well-received’, plans to integrate framework into app from mid-2021
The IATA travel pass, a mobile app that can be used to obtain and store COVID-19 test results from accredited laboratories, was trialled by Singapore Airlines on passengers travelling from Singapore to London last month. More than 20 other airlines are also testing it.
The travel pass will be available for download in the second half of April.
As of Tuesday, Singapore has reported 60,519 COVID-19 cases and 30 fatalities.