22 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Singapore reported 22 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, said the Ministry of Health (MoH) in its preliminary daily update. No locally transmitted cases in the community or in foreign workers’ dormitories were reported.

All the cases were imported and were all placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

About 1,050 frontline healthcare officers from the Home Team will be vaccinated against COVID-19 over the coming weeks, the Ministry of Home Affairs said yesterday.

Among those getting vaccine shots are the Singapore Civil Defence Force’s Emergency Medical Services officers, staff from the Home Team Medical Services Division and Singapore Prison Service medical services division officers.

Frontline officers from the Home Team Science and Technology Agency who run laboratory tests on swab samples from travellers will also get the vaccine.

This comes after the government accepted a vaccination strategy that involves first inoculating healthcare workers starting on December 30 last year, and rolling it out to more healthcare institutions.

Singapore has reported 58,929 COVID-19 cases.

People walk during lunch break in the financial business district of Raffles Place in Singapore. PHOTO: AFP