SINGAPORE: A KFC employee at an outlet along Jalan Mas Puteh in Clementi has tested positive for COVID-19, the fast food chain said on Thursday (May 20).
The employee was last present at the outlet on May 17 and tested positive for COVID-19 on May 19, said KFC in a Facebook post.
All employees who were exposed to the team member have been asked to self-isolate. They have also been swabbed for COVID-19 and all of them have tested negative, KFC said.
“The health and well-being of our team members and customers are our number one priority, especially in these uncertain times. As a precaution, we’ve closed the restaurant until further notice.
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KFC added that it is working closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and is following their recommendations.
Customers who visited the Jalan Mas Puteh outlet on May 17 are advised to closely monitor their health.
“We apologise for the inconvenience caused. Our restaurant will remain closed until we’re certain that there are no health risks for our employees or customers,” added KFC.
The employee - a 36-year-old Singapore permanent resident - is a family member of an IT engineer at AbbVie Operations Singapore who first tested positive on May 16.
The woman developed a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and headache on May 17 and sought medical treatment at a GP clinic the next day, MOH said in an update on Thursday night.
She underwent both an antigen rapid test (ART) and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Her ART came back positive on May 18 and she was immediately isolated. Her PCR test result came back positive on May 19.
Aside from the KFC employee, five other community cases reported on Thursday are linked to the IT engineer, taking the number of infections in the cluster to nine.
Singapore on Thursday reported a total of 41 new COVID-19 cases, of which 27 are in the community. It also reported one new death, taking the total number of fatalities to 32.