45 new cases of COVID-19 in Singapore, including 1 in the community

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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 at noon Thursday (January 14), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

There is one case in the community and no new cases in the foreign worker dormitories.

The only community-based case, known as case 59280, is currently unrelated. The 32-year-old Singaporean man works as a para-veterinarian in the Singapore Police K-9 Unit and his job mainly consists of tele-consultations with dog handlers.

The man developed a fever on January 11 and sought treatment at a general medicine clinic the same day, where he was tested for COVID-19 under current health protocols.

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He had remained at home on sick leave until his result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on January 13 and he was taken by ambulance to the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID). His serological test result came back negative, indicating that it is likely a current infection, the health ministry said.

All of his identified close contacts, including family members and colleagues, have been isolated and placed in quarantine. The Department of Health will also perform COVID-19 and serological tests for them.

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The remaining 44 cases are imported infections and were put on notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

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This is the highest number of imported infections into Singapore since March 23, when 48 imported cases were reported.

Among them, three Singaporeans who returned from Qatar, the Philippines and the United Kingdom, as well as three holders of a dependent pass who arrived from the United Arab Emirates and Ukraine.

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Two are student pass holders arriving from Pakistan and Myanmar, while three are work pass holders who have traveled from India and the United Arab Emirates.

There are 29 work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines, of which 14 are foreign domestic workers. One of them, Case 59260, is a sea crew member who worked aboard the NewOcean 6 bunker. The NewOcean 6 cluster now has a total of 13 confirmed infections.

He had been identified as a close contact of case 58812, and was placed in quarantine on December 31. He was tested during quarantine and confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 on January 13.

Case 58812, an Indonesian crew member, was the first tanker-related infection. He tested positive for COVID-19 on December 30, 2020 after arriving in Singapore on December 17.

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The remaining four cases are short-term visitor pass holders. One arrived from India to visit his Singaporean child while another arrived from Indonesia as a caregiver for his relative who was already receiving medical treatment in Singapore and had returned for further treatment .

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The other two short-stay visitor pass holders, aged 21 and 24, arrived from Brazil to participate in an esports event. The men are contacts of a previously confirmed case – a 24-year-old man who also traveled to Singapore from Brazil to participate in an esports event.

The Department of Health has also added several new locations to its list of places visited by cases in the COVID-19 community during their period of infection. Locations include Chong Pang Town Wet Market and Food Center as well as Junction Nine Sheng Siong Store in Yishun.

NO CASES IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

The health ministry said the total number of new cases in the community fell from nine cases the previous week to three cases last week.

The number of unrelated cases in the community also fell from six cases the previous week to one last week.

Thirty-five more cases were released from hospitals or community isolation centers, bringing Singapore’s total recoveries to 58,757.

There are still 41 cases in the hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and none are in the intensive care unit. 202 others are isolated and taken care of in community establishments.

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SINGAPORE ACCELERATION VACCINATION PROGRAM

More than 6,200 people in Singapore have received COVID-19 vaccines, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Wednesday, adding that the country was set to establish four vaccination centers by the end of the month. January.

Four more vaccination centers are also set to open in late February, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

“Other centers across the island are being planned and will be deployed along with the arrival of vaccine shipments,” the ministry said.

“These centers, along with polyclinics and some public health preparation clinics (PHPC), will ensure that every Singaporean and long-term resident in Singapore who is medically eligible can receive their vaccines conveniently.”

When the time comes, people should get vaccinated with an approved vaccine, rather than waiting and waiting for another mark, said Education Minister Lawrence Wong, co-chair of the COVID-19 multi-ministerial task force. .

“What we have today is a licensed vaccine that is safe, that is effective,” Wong added on Wednesday after receiving his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Singapore reported a total of 59,029 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

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