Somewhat similar to checking 4D results, we Singaporeans track the number of Covid-19 cases closely on a daily basis too.
We sigh when the numbers are high, and rejoice when the community cases are of single digits.
We (sort of) had the feeling of striking 4D yesterday, 17 Sep, when it was reported that there were 18 new cases.
Why happy leh?
That’s because it’s the lowest daily figure since March 16, where 17 cases were reported.
Though we can only truly jump in delight when this menacing pandemic vanishes, the fact that the numbers were low is something we can take comfort in.
It also doesn’t hurt that over the past month, the number of new Covid-19 cases reported daily has been dropping steadily.
All 18 cases were asymptomatic on September 17
According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), all 18 cases were asymptomatic. They were detected from screening and surveillance.
If you guys recall, this is a deja-vu moment as the 27 new cases reported on September 16 were all asymptomatic too:
What this means is that the person doesn’t show any symptoms of contracting Covid-19, such as cough and fever, or only experiences mild symptoms.
One community case and two imported cases
The only community case came from a work pass holder, a 48-year-old Indian national.
The case was detected during the Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) of workers in the construction, marine and process sectors who are living outside the dormitories.
This is an unlinked case.
The two imported cases were from a work pass holder currently employed in Singapore, who arrived from France on September 4. The other is a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from India on September 5.
Both had been placed on 14-day stay-home notice when they arrived in Singapore. They were tested while serving their isolation period.
15 dormitory cases
Out of the 15 dormitory cases reported, 10 were identified earlier as contacts of previous cases. They had already been quarantined. The remaining five cases were detected through surveillance testing.
One patient removed from the total tally of Covid-19 cases
On Wednesday, September 16, a 59-year-old Singaporean was removed from the case count following further investigations.
Known as case 57,107, the man was tested negative twice following an initial positive test result.
He was classified as an imported case on September 5, after returning from Australia and being tested positive for COVID-19.
Upon investigations by laboratory experts and an expert panel, it was concluded that his first test result was a false-positive one.
MOH added that all necessary public health actions had been taken earlier, and neither the case nor his contacts had been exposed to risk of infection due to the initial classification.
As of September 17, Singapore has a total of 57,532 Covid-19 cases.
Where to get free masks
We can’t emphasise enough on the importance of donning on a mask when you’re out and about.
If you’re running out of them, two reusable MaskSafe DET30™ masks are available for collection from next week, September 21 onwards.
The masks come in both adult and kid sizes.
This initiative by Temasek Foundation will run from September 21, 10am to October 4, 11.59pm.
Check out this website to find out the locations for the mask collection drive.