COVID-19 Daily Update 2020-03-23: 23 New Confirmed Cases, Total 455 in SG Now

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As of 23 March 2020, 10am, there are 455 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Singapore. On 22 March 2020, there were 23 new confirmed cases.

Of the 23 new cases, 18 are imported cases. (Cases 433, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 444, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 452, 453, 454, 455) with travel history to Europe, North America, South America, and ASEAN.

Of the remaining 5 cases, 5 were linked to previous cases. (Case 443 are linked to the boulder+ Gym cluster; Case 441 is linked to case 308 and 277; Case 442 is linked to case 398; Case 446 is linked to case 378; Case 451 is linked to case 404)

2 are currently unlinked  (Cases 434 and 450).

Update on confirmed patients in Singapore

  • 144 fully recovered and discharged
  • 295 in hospital are mostly stable or improving
  • 14 in critical condition

Update on situation in China

  • 39 new cases
  • 81,093 cases in total
  • 9 new deaths
  • 3,270 deaths in total

Update on situation in Italy

  • 5,560new cases
  • 59,138 cases in total
  • 651 new deaths
  • 5,476 deaths in total

No entry or transit through Singapore for all short-term visitors

  • All short-term visitors will not be allowed to enter Singapore from 11.59pm on Monday (23rd March)
  • Singapore residents and long-term pass holders entering from the Hubei province in China will serve a 14-day quarantine
  • If entering from other countries and regions, they will receive a 14-day stay-home notice upon arrival
  • Ministry of Manpower will only allow work pass holders providing essential services, such as in healthcare and transport, to enter Singapore. Their dependents will also be allowed to enter.
  • Learn more here

Ong Ye Kung explains why schools reopen today

  • Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Sunday (22 Mar) that schools remain safe places for students and “significant additional precautionary measures” were taken to ensure it remains so.
  • “First, science. With the virus being around for several months now, there is body of scientific evidence showing that COVID-19 does not affect the young very much as compared to adults,” he explained.
  • He also mentioned that there is no evidence that the young are vectors or spreaders of COVID-19
  • The closure of schools will also disrupt the lives of many, such as working parents with few childcare options, particularly those who work in the healthcare sector or provide essential services.
  • Learn more here
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