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8 in 10 of Imported Covid-19 Cases in Singapore Between Jun 18 to Aug 6 from India or Philippines: Report

Commuters wearing protective face masks leave a train station during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore August 17, 2020.  (REUTERS)

Commuters wearing protective face masks leave a train station during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore August 17, 2020. (REUTERS)

The Ministry of Health told a newspaper that there were more than 83,000 arrivals in the country by land, sea and air between June 18 and August 6.

About eight in 10 of the coronavirus infected people entering Singapore between June 18 and August 6 following the reopening of borders to long-term pass holders were from India and the Philippines, according to a media report on Friday. Singapore reopened its borders to more long-term pass holders on June 19.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) told The Straits Times newspaper that there were more than 83,000 arrivals in the country by land, sea and air between June 18 and August 6. Only 152 imported cases were reported during the same period. About eight in 10 of those infected had arrived from India and the Philippines – two countries which provide a large proportion of Singapore's foreign workforce, the report said.

Meanwhile, Singapore reported 117 new COVID-19 on Friday, including 13 imported infections, said the MOH. The 13 imported cases had all been placed on stay-home notice after arriving in Singapore.

There were six cases from the community, three of whom are foreigners on work passes and the other three are Singaporeans (citizens) and permanent residents (foreigners). Friday's COVID-19 cases brought the country's tally to 56,216.

In all, 53,119 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

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