Singapore reports 242 new COVID-19 cases; six imported infections

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Singapore reported 242 new COVID-19 cases as of noon yesterday, including one in the community and six imported infections, said the Ministry of Health (MoH).

This brings the total number of cases in the country to 54,797.

The community case is a Singaporean, MoH said in its preliminary daily update.

The six imported cases were placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore, the ministry added.

The vast majority of yesterday’s reported infections are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories.

Since yesterday, Singaporeans, permanent residents (PRs) and long-term pass holders who travel abroad under permitted travel arrangements with certain countries will be able to tap regular healthcare financing for their medical bills should they have symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of their return to Singapore.

“This means that Singaporeans and PRs will be eligible for government subsidies and MediShield Life integrated shield plan coverage,” said Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong on Thursday.

“Long-term pass holders may tap on their prevailing financing arrangements, such as the foreign worker insurance. But any remaining co-payment will continue to be paid by the patient.”