Ministry of Health investigates Malaysian truck driver who visited Resorts World Sentosa casino


SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Sunday February 21 it was investigating a Malaysian truck driver who visited the Resorts World Sentosa casino on February 9 to assess whether there had been a violation of COVID measures. 19 in force.

The driver who works as a freelance delivery driver was refused entry to Singapore on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19 in a rapid antigen test (ART) at Woodlands Checkpoint.

His polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test also came back positive on Friday.

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The man’s previous trip to Singapore was on February 8, when he tested negative for COVID-19 on his ART at the checkpoint.

Investigations revealed that he visited Resorts World Sentosa casino on February 9, before leaving for Malaysia the same day, the ministry said.

“Malaysian truck drivers are not allowed to mingle in the community other than for delivery purposes and are not allowed to stay overnight,” the health ministry said.

“Investigations are underway to determine whether there has been a violation of the relevant measures in force.”

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The ministry added Resorts World Sentosa Casino at 8 Sentosa Gateway to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period on Sunday.

Singapore reported 11 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, all of which are imported cases, bringing the national total to 59,869.

The health ministry said the Malaysian truck driver was not included in the case count because “he was not allowed to enter Singapore after his positive ART test.”

He added that he would take all necessary public health measures as a precautionary measure, including quarantining all identified close contacts.

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