Nex & Amoy St Food Centre among 4 new locations visited by Covid-19 cases Today's update in full.
Ashley Tan | January 21, 2021, 11:33 PM
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 38 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday (Jan. 21).
This brings the total number of cases reported in Singapore to 59,235.
Four community cases There are four cases in the community today, of whom one is currently unlinked and three are linked to previous cases.
Case 59512 Case 59512 is a 43-year-old female Singaporean who is the spouse of Case 59429. She works from home as an online trader and does not physically interact with her clients.
She was placed on quarantine on Jan. 18 when Case 59429 was confirmed to have Covid-19 infection.
On Jan. 20, she was tested for Covid-19 even though she is asymptomatic. Her test came back positive on the same day, and she was conveyed to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
Her serology test result has come back negative, indicating that this is likely a current infection.
Case 59513 Case 59513 is a 46 year-old female Malaysian national who is a Work Pass holder. She works as a sales personnel at Toppan Merrill Pte Ltd (3 Church Street) but does not interact with clients.
She is a household contact of Case 59474.
She developed a blocked nose on Jan. 19 and stayed at home for most of the day. As she had been identified as a close contact of Case 59474, she was contacted by MOH on Jan. 20 and placed on quarantine.
She reported her symptoms and was conveyed to Sengkang General Hospital where she was tested for Covid-19. Her test came back positive on the same day.
Her serology test result has come back negative, indicating that this is likely a current infection.
Case 59516 Case 59516 is a 35 year-old male Singapore Permanent Resident who works as a sales personnel at BS Industrial & Construction Supply Pte Ltd (34 Kallang Place).
He is a co-worker of Case 59429.
He developed a sore throat on Jan. 18 but did not seek medical treatment. As he had been identified as a close contact of Case 59429, he was contacted by MOH on the same day but failed to report his symptom.
On Jan. 20, he was tested for Covid-19 while under quarantine. His result came back positive on the same day, and he was subsequently conveyed to the National University Hospital.
His serology test result is pending.
Case 59518 Case 59518 is a 42 year-old male Singaporean who works as a dive personnel at Ocean Works Asia Pte Ltd (Block 6, 13 Jalan Terusan).
He had travelled to Indonesia for work between Nov. 4 and Dec. 13, and served SHN at a dedicated facility upon his return to Singapore until Dec. 27.
His swab test done on Dec. 24 during SHN was negative for Covid-19.
He is asymptomatic, and was detected when he took a Covid-19 test on Jan. 20 as part of the requirement for shore-based personnel going onboard a vessel to be tested.
His result came back positive for Covid-19 infection on the same day and he was conveyed to NCID.
His serological test result has come back positive, which indicates a likely past infection.
Given the relatively long time interval between his travel and positive Covid-19 test, we have classified this case as locally transmitted.
Epidemiological investigations are ongoing.
34 imported cases Amongst the 34 imported cases,
One (Case 59517) is a Singapore Permanent Resident who returned from the U.S. One (Case 59501) is a Dependant’s Pass holder who arrived from the UAE. One (Case 59497) is a Long-Term Visit Pass holder who arrived from the U.S. Two (Cases 59486 and 59487) are Work Pass holders who arrived from India and the UAE. 26 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India and Indonesia, of whom one (Case 59503) is a foreign domestic worker. One (Case 59514) is a Short-Term Visit Pass holder who arrived from India to visit her child who is a Singapore Permanent Resident. Two (Cases 59479 and 59515) are Special Pass holders who are sea crew. Case 59479 arrived from Indonesia to board a vessel docked in Singapore, and Case 59515 arrived onboard a vessel from Indonesia and had not disembarked. He was tested for Covid-19, and conveyed to the hospital when his result came back positive. Of the 34 cases, 33 had already been placed on SHN or isolated upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN or while under isolation.
Case 59517 is a Singapore Permanent Resident who arrived from the U.S. on Jan. 17 for work purposes, and was tested for Covid-19 upon arrival.
His test came back negative on the same day, and he was on a controlled itinerary for the next few days.
On Jan. 20, he took a Covid-19 pre-departure test in preparation for a trip to the UK.
His result came back positive for Covid-19 infection on the same day and he was conveyed to the hospital.
Case 59511 is a Work Permit holder who arrived from India on Dec. 27 and served SHN at a dedicated facility until Jan. 10.
His swab done on Jan. 7 during SHN was negative for Covid-19, and subsequent tests on Jan. 11 and Jan. 13 were also negative.
His test on Jan. 19 came back positive for Covid-19 infection, although the Ct value was very high, which is indicative of a low viral load. His serological test result has also come back positive.
Given that these indicate likely past infection, MOH has classified the case as imported.
MOH said he is likely to be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA, which are no longer transmissible and infective to others.
Case 59429 Case 59429 is a 39 year-old male Singapore Permanent Resident who works as a sales personnel at BS Industrial & Construction Supply Pte Ltd (34 Kallang Place).
He developed a fever on 16 January, and sought medical treatment at a polyclinic on 18 January, where he was tested for COVID-19 as part of our enhanced community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor.
His test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on the same day, and he was conveyed to NCID in an ambulance. His serological test result has come back negative, indicating that this is likely a current infection.
Epidemiological investigations are ongoing. In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the cases, including their family and household members, as well as co-workers, have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that we can detect asymptomatic cases. We will also conduct serological tests for the close contacts to determine if the case could have been infected by them.
Antigen Rapid Test to be compulsory at Tuas & Woodlands checkpoints from Jan. 22, 2021
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In a bid to manage growing risk of imported cases of Covid-19, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) has announced that Antigen Rapid Test (ART) will be made compulsory for all travellers from Jan. 22 onwards.
From Jan. 22, 9am, ART will be rolled out at Tuas and Woodlands checkpoint progressively for cargo drivers and accompanying personnel entering Singapore.
Tested drivers and personnel with a negative result may proceed to enter Singapore.
As cargo drivers and accompanying personnel could have interactions with the local community in Singapore, introducing an on-arrival ART will allow the identification of potential Covid-19 cases and mitigate the risk further, MTI said.
This will ensure public health and safety while allowing a smooth passage of goods between Singapore and Malaysia.
MTI also advised businesses to maintain close communications with their logistic providers and cater for possible delays.
Businesses, cargo drivers, and accompanying personnel must also continue to abide by Safe Management Measures, including contactless delivery, wearing of masks, and safe distancing, MTI added.
Three of four new community cases linked to BS Industrial cluster
Three of the four community cases reported yesterday were linked to a cluster at BS Industrial Construction and Supply, said the Health Ministry last night.
There are now seven Covid-19 cases in the cluster.
The first to be recorded was a sales person who tested positive on Jan 18.
The total number of community cases continues to rise, with 21 in the past seven days, compared with three in the previous seven.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased to six in the past seven days from one in the previous seven.
Two of the new cases in the cluster lived in the same households as infected employees from BS Industrial Construction and Supply.
One, a 43-year-old Singaporean woman, is the spouse of the 39-year-old permanent resident who was the first case.
She works as an online trader and does not physically interact with her clients. She tested positive on Jan 20.
The second is a 46-year-old Malaysian work pass holder who works in sales at Toppan Merrill in Church Street. She also does not interact directly with clients. She lives with a 28-year-old finance employee at BS Industrial Construction and Supply who tested positive on Jan 20.
The third new case in the cluster is a 35-year-old permanent resident who also works in sales at BS Industrial Construction and Supply. He developed a sore throat on Jan 18 but did not seek medical treatment. He tested positive for the infection on Jan 20 while in quarantine.
The final community case is unlinked. He is a 42-year-old Singaporean who works as a diver at Ocean Works Asia. He is asymptomatic, and his infection was detected when he took a test as part of the requirement for shore-based personnel.
There were also 34 imported cases yesterday, taking Singapore's total to 59,235.
Of these, 33 had been placed on stay-home notices on arrival in Singapore.
The 34th, a permanent resident who was in Singapore for work, tested negative upon arrival on Sunday and was on a controlled itinerary during his stay here. He subsequently tested positive for Covid-19 infection on Wednesday. - THE STRAITS TIMES
Links between Previously Announced and New Cases Epidemiological investigations and contact tracing have uncovered links between previously announced and new cases. i. 3 additional cases are linked to the Case 59429 cluster, which has a total of 7 confirmed cases now (Cases 59429, 59455, 59456, 59474, 59512, 59513 and 59516). ii. 13 of the confirmed cases (Cases 58812, 58948, 58973, 58992, 58993, 58994, 58995, 58996, 58997, 59176, 59180, 59229 and 59260) are linked to the NewOcean 6 cluster. iii. 4 of the confirmed cases (Cases 58810, 58842, 58843 and 58870) are linked to the Case 58810 cluster. iv. 5 of the confirmed cases (Cases 58817, 58840, 58841, 58872 and 59079) are linked to the Case 58817 cluster. v. 7 of the confirmed cases (Cases 59280, 59347, 59365, 59387, 59393, 59395 and 59428) are linked to the Case 59280 cluster. vi. 3 of the confirmed cases (Cases 59343, 59419 and 59420) are linked to the Case 59343 cluster.