NSman tests positive for COVID-19 before camp training; new cluster linked to employee NUS

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SINGAPORE: A national serviceman from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) (NSman) tested positive for COVID-19 before his training began at the camp.

He was rubbed as part of routine security measures for all NSmen before they began their training, the Defense Ministry said on Saturday (April 17th).

The NSman, a 35-year-old Singaporean, has been identified as case 62032 by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

He was among four new community cases reported on Saturday.

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Two of the community-based cases are linked to lead researcher NUS who was reported as a local infection on Friday, forming a new cluster.

The remaining community case is a permanent resident of Singapore who is a family contact of a man who was confirmed as an imported infection on April 2.

In total, Singapore confirmed 39 new infections on Saturday, including 35 imported.

NSMAN POSITIVE TESTS

The NSman who tested positive works as a freelance photographer, the MOH said.

It was tested on April 15 as part of the SAF protocols. His pooled test that day came back positive for COVID-19 and a personal sample taken on April 16 was also positive.

He was taken to the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) in an ambulance and developed a fever the same day.

Another test performed by the National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) on April 16 was negative for COVID-19 infection, but a subsequent test on April 17 by the NPHL was again positive for COVID-19.

“The result of his serological test came back positive, which indicates a past infection,” said the Ministry of Health.

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“He might get rid of tiny fragments of viral RNA from a past infection, but since we are unable to definitively conclude when he was infected, we will take all necessary public health measures as a precaution. . “

NEW CLUSTER LINKED TO THE NUS SENIOR FELLOWSHIP

The two cases linked to the NUS researcher are his brother and a colleague – a 31-year-old Swiss national who is also a senior researcher at NUS.

The holder of the work pass, identified as case 62057, had interacted with him on April 12. She later developed a sore throat on April 15, but did not seek medical treatment.

As she had been identified as a close contact from the previous case, she was contacted by the Department of Health on April 16 and placed in quarantine.

The woman reported her symptoms and was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital where her COVID-19 test came back positive. The result of his serological test is pending.

The brother of researcher NUS who tested positive for the first time is a 35-year-old Indian national.

He works at DBS Bank at 2 Changi Business Park Crescent. However, he worked largely from home, the health ministry said, adding that the man last returned to his workplace between April 6 and 9.

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He was placed in home quarantine on April 15 after being identified as a family contact. He developed a fever on April 16 and was taken to NCID.

The man’s COVID-19 test came back positive on April 17. His serological test result is pending.

SINGAPORE PR POSITIVE TESTS

The remaining community case is a 41-year-old woman who is a permanent resident. Identified as case 62045, she works as an accountant at OM Universal at 11 Kaki Bukit Road 1 but has not been to work since the onset of symptoms.

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She developed a cough on the evening of April 14 after work and went to a general medicine clinic the next day, where she was tested for COVID-19.

Her test result came back positive on April 16 and she was taken to NCID. The result of his serological test is pending.

One of her family contacts is a previously reported case. He holds a work pass that arrived from India on April 2 and tested positive the same day.

He was then assessed as a cured case based on his positive serologic result on April 4.

Epidemiological investigations are underway, the health ministry said.

“In the meantime, all identified close contacts of the cases, including their family members and colleagues, have been isolated and quarantined, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that we can detect asymptomatic symptoms. case, ”he added.

IMPORTED CASES

Of the 35 new imported cases, five Singaporeans and five permanent residents returned from Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Liberia.

Four are Dependent Pass holders who have arrived from Nepal.

Seventeen are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. Eight of these cases are foreign domestic workers.

One student pass holder and one work pass holder traveled from India.

The other two cases are short-term visitor pass holders. One arrived from Bahrain for a work project in Singapore and the other arrived from India to visit a family member who is a permanent resident.

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All imported infections were put on formal notice upon arrival in Singapore, the health ministry said.

No new infections were reported in the dormitories of foreign workers.

RECOVERIES

Seventeen more cases were released, bringing the total of those who fully recovered from the infection to 60,463.

There are 62 cases still in the hospital, including two in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 253 people are isolated and treated in community facilities.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community fell from two cases the previous week to seven cases last week, the ministry said.

The number of unrelated cases in the community also fell from two cases the previous week to four cases last week, the health ministry added.

“The recent locally transmitted cases are a stark reminder that the virus has not been eradicated and that new cases and clusters can easily emerge in our community, if we let our guard down,” the health ministry said.

He urged members of the public to continue to exercise their social responsibility and be disciplined according to safe management measures, even for those who have been vaccinated.

“This is all the more critical as we resume and intensify more activities in phase 3 of the reopening, and as interactions in the community increase,” the ministry added.

“Together, we must work to avoid an uncontrolled resurgence of cases that may require tightened measures.”

Singapore reported 60,808 COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths on Saturday.

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