SINGAPORE: A total of 35 new COVID-19 infections were reported in Singapore at noon on Wednesday (April 7), including a community case and another short-stay visitor pass holder who traveled to Singapore to participate in a sporting event.
No new infections have been reported in foreign worker dormitories, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
MYANMAR MAID POSITIVE TESTS
The only community case, currently unrelated, is a 40-year-old Burmese maid who arrived in Singapore on November 13.
A sample on November 23, taken during his stay at home notice, was negative for the coronavirus.
She was also placed in quarantine from November 24 to 27 after being identified as close contact from a previous case, also a national of Myanmar. They were on the same flight to Singapore.
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The latest case started working at her employer’s home on November 27. She was tested for COVID-19 on April 4 when she sought treatment after developing a headache and shortness of breath.
The test result came back positive the same day and she was kept at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.
Another test performed by the National Public Health Laboratory on April 5 was negative for COVID-19 infection. Her serological test came back positive, indicating a past infection.
“She could lose tiny fragments of the virus’s RNA, which are no longer transmissible and infectious to others,” the MOH said.
“But since we are not in a position to definitively conclude when she was infected, we will take all necessary public health measures as a precautionary measure.”
CANADIANS ARRIVING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SPORTING EVENT
Among the imported cases, a 35-year-old Canadian arrived in Singapore on a short-term visit pass to participate in a sporting event.
He is linked to another man from Canada who tested positive on April 4.
There are now a total of four recent cases of COVID-19 – two from Canada, one from Brazil and one from Serbia – who traveled to Singapore to participate in a sporting event.
No information has yet been provided on these cases in response to previous TBEN inquiries.
Other new imported cases include a Singaporean who returned from the UK, as well as three Dependent Pass holders who arrived from France, India and Indonesia.
Another 23 cases are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. Seven of these cases are foreign domestic workers.
Two short-term visitor pass holders traveled from Bangladesh and India to visit family members who are Singaporeans or permanent residents.
All imported cases were put on formal notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore, the health ministry said.
Another twenty-one cases were released from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing the total recoveries to 60,260.
There are 46 cases that are still in the hospital. Most are stable or improving, and one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
A total of 218 cases are isolated and treated in community facilities.
Two new locations have been added to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period – Prime Supermarket and Bukit Gombak Wet Market, both located at 31 Bukit Batok Street.
UP TO 250 PARTICIPANTS AUTHORIZED IN MASS SPORTING EVENTS
In new guidelines released on Tuesday, Sport Singapore (SportSG) said up to 250 participants would be allowed to participate in mass pilot sporting events, with waves of up to 50 people per session.
Mass races, open water swims, cycling and triathlon events are a few examples that generally fall into this category.
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No spectators are allowed and organizers must put in place measures “to prevent the spontaneous gathering of spectators for such events,” SportSG added.
Singapore reported 60,554 cases of COVID-19 and 30 deaths on Wednesday.
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