Three new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; five more discharged

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Singapore reported three more confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, including two patients who are linked to existing church clusters said Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MoH) in a daily update.

This brings the number of cases in Singapore to 84, with four in critical condition.

Five more patients were discharged from hospital on Wednesday, meaning 34 have now fully recovered from the virus.

Singapore’s first confirmed case – a 66-year-old man from Wuhan – was among those discharged on Wednesday, almost one month after testing positive for the virus on January 23. Contact tracing of the remaining cases is under way to establish any links to previous cases or travel history to China.

Further epidemiological investigations and contact tracing have uncovered links between previously announced and new cases.

This was made possible with the assistance of the Singapore Police Force, said MoH.

As of noon on Wednesday, the ministry has identified a total of 2,593 close contacts who have been quarantined.

Of those, 1,172 are currently quarantined, and 1,421 have completed their quarantine.

A woman wears a protective face mask at Orchard Road, Singapore. PHOTO: CNA