12 new COVID-19 cases detected in Singapore; total now at 150

A temperature screening station seen at the Singapore Cruise Centre on 5 March 2020. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 12 new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus infection as of noon on Sunday (8 March), taking the country’s total to 150.

Nine of the latest cases are linked to a private dinner function held at SAFRA Jurong on 15 February said the ministry in a news release. The number of cases linked to the event now stands at 30.

Of the remaining new cases, one is linked to a previous case; one is an imported case and another has no links to other known cases. There are currently six known clusters of cases within the country.

To date, 90 people who have been infected with the coronaviruses have been discharged from hospital. Most of the remaining 60 cases are in stable condition or improving, while nine are in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU), said MOH.

The ministry said that as of noon on Sunday, 3,649 close contacts of infected persons had been quarantined – 3,034 of whom have completed their stint.

MOH also provided updates on the details of the more recent cases:

Case 139

Case 139 is a 71 year-old Singaporean man who has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions and is warded in an isolation room at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH). He is related to Cases 140 and 142, and is linked to the SAFRA Jurong event cluster.

The man had reported the onset of symptoms on 3 March and sought treatment at a general practitioner (GP) two days later. He presented at NTFGH on 6 March and test results confirmed he was infected with COVID-19 the next day.

Prior to being admitted to hospital he had mostly stayed at his home at Jurong West Street 81, said MOH.

Case 140

Case 140 is a 62-year-old Singaporean woman with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She is also currently warded in an isolation room at STFGH.

The woman is related to Cases 139 and 142, and is also linked to the SAFRA Jurong event. She reported the onset of symptoms on 28 February and sought treatment at a GP clinic the next day and on 5 March.

She presented at NTFGH on 6 March and test results confirmed she was infected on the afternoon of the next day. Prior to her hospital admission she had gone to work at Landom Distributions, located at 31 Jurong Port Road.

The woman also lives at Jurong West Street 81, said MOH.

Case 141

Case 141 is a 69 year-old Singaporean man who has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. He is also warded in an isolation room at NTFGH.

The man reported the onset of symptoms on 1 March and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on 3 March and 6 March. He was taken to NTFGH by ambulance on 6 March, where test results confirmed he was infected the next day.

Before being admitted to hospital he had gone to work at Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) Innovation Centre has at 71 Nanyang Drive. The man is a member of the cleaning staff employed by NTU’s cleaning services vendor and stays at Jurong West Street 64, said MOH.

Case 142

Case 142 is a 26 year-old Singaporean man with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. He is also currently warded in an isolation room at NTFGH.

The man is related to Cases 139 and 140, and is also linked to SAFRA Jurong cluster. He reported the onset of symptoms on 5 March and presented at NTFGH the next day. Test results confirmed he was infected with COVID-19 the following day.

Prior to being admitted to hospital, the man had gone to work at First Page Digital Singapore at 144 Robinson Road and also visited The Aperia Mall at 12 Kallang Avenue. He also stays at Jurong West Street 81, said MOH.

Case 143

Case 143 is a 42-year-old male Singaporean man who had been in Thailand from 4 March to 6 March. He is currently warded in an isolation room at the National University Hospital (NUH).

He is related to Case 132, a 37-year-old female Singapore permanent resident who had been in London from 23 to 27 February.

The man, who stays at Tanglin Road, reported the onset of symptoms on 5 March while he was in Thailand and returned to Singapore the following night.

Upon his return, he went straight from Changi Airport to NUH, where test results confirmed his infection the next day, said MOH.

Case 144

Case 144 is a 58 year-old Singaporean woman with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She is also warded in an isolation room at NTFGH.

The woman is a contact of Case 140, and is also linked to SAFRA Jurong cluster. She reported the onset of symptoms on 3 March and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on the same day and on 5 March.

She presented to NTFGH on 7 March, and test results confirmed her infection the following day.

The woman is a hairdresser and works out of her home at Jurong West Street 74. She had attended to customers after the onset of symptoms, said MOH.

Case 145

Case 145 is a 67-year-old Singaporean woman with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She is also linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

The woman is a contact of Case 107, a 68 year-old Singaporean woman who had been in Jakarta from 11 to 14 February, and Case 134, a 56-year-old female Singapore citizen who had been in Malaysia on 21 February.

Her infection was confirmed on Sunday morning and she is currently warded in an isolation room at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), said MOH.

Case 146

Case 146 is a 64 year-old Singaporean woman with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She is also a contact of Case 134, and is linked to the SAFRA Jurong Cluster.

Her infection was confirmed on Sunday morning and she is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 147

Case 147 is an imported case involving a 64-year-old male Indonesian national who arrived in Singapore on Saturday.

His infection was confirmed on Sunday Morning and he is currently warded in an isolation room at the NCID, said MOH.

Case 148

Case 148 is a 67-year-old Singaporean woman who had been in Indonesia from 11 February to 14 February. She is a contact of Case 107 and is also linked to the SAFRE Jurong cluster.

Her infection was confirmed on Sunday morning and she is currently warded in an isolation room at the NCID, said MOH.

Case 149

Case 149 is a 62-year-old Singaporean man with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. He is also linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

The man’s infection was confirmed on Sunday morning and he is currently warded in an isolation room at the NCID.

Case 150

Case 150 is a 53 year-old Singaporean woman with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She is a contact of Cases 115 and 134, and is linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

Her infection was confirmed on Sunday morning and she is currently warded in an isolation room at the NCID.

Case 135

Case 135 is a 40-year-old male Singaporean man with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. He is currently warded in an isolation room at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

The man reported the onset of symptoms on 26 February and sought treatment at two GPs on 3 and 5 March. He presented at SGH on 5 March and his infection was confirmed the next day.

Prior to being admitted to hospital he had gone to work at ST Electronics at 100 Jurong East Street 21. He stays at Telok Blangah Crescent, said MOH.

Case 136

Case 136 is likely to be an imported case involving a 36-year-old Italian man who is a Singapore Work Pass holder. He had recently travelled to the US from 7 to 22 February and to Italy from 23 February to 29 February.

The man returned to Singapore on 1 March and reported the onset of symptoms on the same day, after which he presented at Raffles Hospital. Test results confirmed his infection on 6 March and he is currently warded in an isolation room at the NCID.

Prior to his hospital admission, he had mostly stayed at his him on Tanjong Pagar Road, said MOH.

Case 137

Case 137 is a 60-year-old male Singaporean man with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions.

He reported the onset of symptoms on 5 March and was referred by MOH to NCID on 6 March as he had attended the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong on 15 February. Test results confirmed he was infected on the afternoon of 6 March.

Prior to being admitted to hospital, he had mostly stated at him home at Jurong West Street 41.

Case 138

Case 138 is a 26-year-old Singaporean man with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. He is a close contact of Case 66 and a family member of Cases 83 and 91, and is linked to the cluster at The Life Church and Missions Singapore.

The man was quarantined from 15 February to 6 March after he was identified to have been a close contact of previous confirmed cases. Test results confirmed that he was infected on 6 March.

After his quarantine ended, the man visited SAFRA Punggol at 9 Sentul Crescent. The man stays at Rivervale Drive, said MOH.

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