1 dormitory resident among 4 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore

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SINGAPORE: A resident of a dorm who works as a delivery assistant was among four new cases of COVID-19 reported in Singapore on Tuesday, February 23.

This is the first case of COVID-19 residing in a dormitory in almost two weeks – the last such case was reported on February 10.

The dormitory resident is the only locally transmitted COVID-19 case reported on Tuesday. The other three cases were imported and were put on formal notice upon arrival in Singapore.

The locally transmitted case is a 35-year-old Bangladeshi man who works as a delivery man at Chng Woodworking and resides in a dormitory at Kranji Way.

His job involves the loading and unloading of goods, and he does not interact with customers, the Department of Health (MOH) said.

It was detected when his pooled COVID-19 test taken on February 21, as part of the routine tests listed, came back positive. A personal sample was taken on February 22, and the man began to develop a sore throat and cough on the same day.

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He was confirmed to have COVID-19 on February 22 and was taken to the National Center for Infectious Diseases in an ambulance.

“His previous tests of (registered routine tests) – the last being Feb. 7 – were negative for COVID-19 infection,” the health ministry said. “His serological test result came back negative, indicating that it is probably a current infection.”

Epidemiological investigations are in progress.

In the meantime, all identified close contacts of the case, including its dormitory and work contacts, have been isolated and placed in quarantine. They will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period.

“We will also perform serological tests for close contacts to determine if the case could have been infected by them,” the health ministry said.

FOREIGN DOMESTIC WORKER AMONG IMPORTED CASES

The other three cases were imported infections and were put on notice upon arrival in Singapore, the health ministry said.

One of the imported cases is a work permit holder who arrived from the Philippines and is a foreign domestic worker.

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Another is a work pass holder who arrived from the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The remaining imported case is a short-term visitation pass holder who arrived from India to visit family members who are permanent residents.

No new infections have been reported in the community.

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Seven more cases were discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore’s total recoveries to 59,753.

There are 19 COVID-19 patients who are still in the hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and one person is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 82 patients are isolated and cared for in community facilities. These are people who have mild symptoms or are clinically fine but still test positive for COVID-19.

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The only community case on Monday is a 43-year-old Singaporean who is the husband of a previous case, a 41-year-old Singaporean cabin crew member at Singapore Airlines.

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He was identified as a close contact of his wife and was placed in quarantine on February 9. His swab taken the same day was negative for COVID-19.

The man developed a fever and loss of odor, during quarantine, but self-medicated and did not report symptoms, the health ministry said. He was tested for COVID-19 on February 21 as part of the MOH’s protocol to test individuals during quarantine, and the test came back positive.

“People in quarantine or on notice to stay at home are required to promptly report any symptoms and report their condition to the health ministry every day,” the health ministry said.

Singapore reported a total of 59,883 cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths from the disease.

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