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Medical staff prepare pre-screening procedure at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases building at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore on January 31, 2020. Patients infected with the virus similar to the SARS pathogen are warded in isolation rooms at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. — Picture by AFP

8 new virus cases detected in Singapore

SINGAPORE, Feb 14 — The Singapore Health Ministry (MOH) yesterday confirmed eight more cases of Covid-19 in the republic, all of which are linked to previous cases.

The new positive cases bring the tally to 58.

In its daily update, MOH said two of the new confirmed cases, both Bangladesh nationals, are linked to the Seletar Aerospace Heights construction site while five are linked to the Grace Assembly of God church.

Another new case is a family member of the 50th case, who works at DBS Asia Central at Marina Bay Financial Centre.

All the eight new cases have no history of recent travel to China and are now warded in isolation rooms at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).

Updating on the condition of confirmed cases, MOH said to date, 15 cases have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospital.

Of the 43 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving while seven are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

As at 12 noon, MOH said, 711 of suspected cases have tested negative for Covid-19 while test results for the remaining 82 cases are pending.

The ministry said it has identified 1,278 close contacts, of which 1,144 have been contacted and are being quarantined or isolated while efforts are ongoing to contact the remaining 17.

— Bernama

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