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1 community case among 15 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore

1 community case among 15 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore

People with masks on at Paya Lebar Quarter on Jul 15, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

SINGAPORE: One community case was among 15 new COVID-19 infections reported in Singapore as of noon on Wednesday (Apr 21).

The case, identified as Case 62200, is currently unlinked. He is a 39-year-old permanent resident who works as a systems engineer at Parkway Pantai. 

The man has been working from home and has not returned to his workplace, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

He had travelled to India from Jul 9, 2020 to Jan 24, 2021. When he returned to Singapore, he served his stay-home notice at a dedicated facility until Feb 7. His test taken on Feb 6 during his stay-home notice was negative for COVID-19. 

The man is asymptomatic and was detected when he took a COVID-19 pre-departure test on Apr 19 in preparation for a trip. His test came back positive the next day and he was taken to the National Centre of Infectious Diseases in an ambulance. 

"His Ct value was very high, which is indicative of a low viral load, and his serology test result has come back positive," said MOH. 

The ministry added that the man could be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA from a past infection which are no longer transmissible and infective to others. 

However, as MOH is unable to to "definitively conclude" where the man was infected, it will take "all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure". 

14 IMPORTED CASES

The remaining cases were imported and were placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore, said MOH.

Two permanent residents who returned from India were among the imported cases reported on Wednesday. 

Another two cases are dependent's pass holders who arrived from India and the UAE, as well as a student's pass holder who arrived from India. 

Seven are work pass holders who arrived from India, Luxembourg, Nepal, the Netherlands, UAE and the UK. 

One is a work permit holder who arrived from Indonesia and is a foreign domestic worker. 

The remaining case is a short-term visit pass holder who arrived from India to visit his Singaporean family member.

No new infections were reported in migrant workers' dormitories.



MOH said 36 more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 60,576 cases have fully recovered from the infection.

There are 70 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving, with one patient in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Another 204 cases are isolated and cared for at community facilities. They have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.

Among the 161 confirmed cases reported from Apr 15 to Wednesday, 58 cases have tested positive for their serology tests and 85 have tested negative, while 18 serology test results are pending.

The number of new cases in the community has increased from two in the week before to nine in the past week. Unlinked cases have also increased to five in the past week from one in the week before.

READ: New COVID-19 cluster in Singapore linked to imported case who was 'probably reinfected' in India

TIGHTENED COVID-19 BORDER RULES FOR TRAVELLERS FROM INDIA

Travellers from India will have to serve an additional seven days of stay-home notice at their residence following their 14-day stay-home notice period at dedicated facilities.

The new requirement will take effect on Thursday at 11.59pm and is part of tightened COVID-19 border measures following a surge of infections in India in recent days. 

Migrant workers arriving from India in the construction, marine and process sectors will continue to be subjected to a 21-day stay-home notice.

READ: COVID-19 measures eased for travellers from Hong Kong, UK, South Africa and vaccinated people in official delegations: MOH

Singapore has also reduced entry approvals for non-Singaporeans or permanent residents due to the worsening situation in India and the emergence of new virus variants, said MOH. CNA has asked MOH for more details about the reduction of entry approvals for non-Singaporeans or permanent residents. 

As of Wednesday, Singapore has reported a total of 60,880 COVID-19 cases and 30 fatalities from the disease.

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Source: CNA/zl/vc

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