If this goes on, chances of CNY visits might not be such a far-fetched dream after all.
Today (19 Nov), as of 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 4 new cases of COVID-19 infection.
Once again, they are all imported.
This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 58,143.
Based on yesterday’s number, the number of new cases in the community has remained extremely low, with no new cases in the past week.
Today is also the 10th day whereby there isn’t any locally transmitted case.
S’pore Reported First COVID-19 Patient in ICU in a Month
Yes, Singapore might be doing really well in the Covid-19 department but it doesn’t mean that people here can let down their guard yet.
Yesterday, 19 Nov 2020, was the first time since a month ago that a Covid-19 patient was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).
The previous time a Covid-19 patient was in ICU was on 11 Oct 2020.
MOH revealed that the patient was in critical condition under intensive care but did not elaborate on the matter.
In addition, yesterday, it was further reported that a Singaporean imported case, a 68-year-old man, might have breached travel requirements.
He had experienced shortness of breath since 11 Nov but declared that he wasn’t feeling any symptoms (one of which was shortness of breath) in his immigration clearance health declaration form on 17 Nov 2020.
MOH is currently assessing the case, and if he is found to have breached travel requirements, will be dealt with enforcement actions.
As you can probably tell by now, Singapore is bent on getting more travel bubble arrangements with other countries in place.
This means that we’ll (hopefully) have more travellers going out of and coming into Singapore.
Health declarations, adherence to Stay-Home-Notices (SHN), obeying safe management measures are our line of protection against another massive wave of Covid-19 infections (and a possible shutdown).
So if we have more travellers like these 8 individuals who made false declarations about their SHN just to get out of doing something they don’t want to, chances are, Singapore’s going to become a second South Korea.
According to PM Lee, even if the vaccine arrives on schedule (early next year), it’s likely that the impact of the vaccine will only be felt in 2022, and imported cases are predicted to continue rising.
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