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24 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 4 in the community

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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 24 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Saturday (Jan 16), said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its preliminary daily update.

Five cases are locally transmitted, of which four are in the community and one is a resident of a migrant workers’ dormitory.

The remaining 19 cases are imported and were placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

More details of the cases will be released on Saturday night, said MOH.

The last time Singapore reported five locally transmitted infections was on Dec 31, when two new clusters were formed. The two clusters were linked to workers in the marine sector.

SPF OFFICERS QUARANTINED, DOGS TESTED

Three Singapore Police Force (SPF) officers who were in close contact with a para-veterinarian who tested positive for COVID-19 have been quarantined, SPF said on Friday.

The 25 police working dogs he interacted with in the two weeks before the onset of symptoms were also tested for COVID-19 and all the results were negative, the force added.

The para-veterinarian, a 32-year-old Singaporean, was the sole community COVID-19 case reported on Thursday. The police K-9 unit remains operational, said SPF.

E-SPORTS TOURNAMENT TO GO AHEAD

E-sports tournament M2 World Championship will proceed as scheduled on Jan 18 after three participants from Brazil tested positive for COVID-19, the event’s organiser MOONTON said on Friday.

One participant was confirmed as an imported COVID-19 case in MOH’s update on Wednesday, while the other two infections were reported on Thursday.

All three tested positive after a swab at the end of their 14-day stay-home notice, said MOONTON in response to CNA’s queries.

“They had each taken a COVID-19 PCR test and tested negative before departure for Singapore,” MOONTON said in its statement.

Their close contacts have been identified and are currently serving their quarantine in a dedicated facility, it added.

As of Saturday, Singapore has reported a total of 59,083 COVID-19 cases.

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