Two local cases among 45 new COVID infections in Singapore

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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People taking a photo of the sunrise are pictured with vessels anchored along the southern coast on 2 April, 2021 in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People taking a photo of the sunrise are pictured with vessels anchored along the southern coast on 2 April, 2021 in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (26 April) confirmed 45 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 61,051.

Two of them are local cases, with one in the community and one residing in a dormitory.

The remaining 43 cases are imported, including 13 are Singaporeans or permanent residents. "Amongst the new cases today, 41 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while four were symptomatic," said the MOH.

The sole community case, currently unlinked, is a 19-year-old Singaporean woman who is a student in the UK, and had been in the UK from 11 September to 1 December last year. 

She reported that she developed acute respiratory infection symptoms in September in the UK but had not been tested for COVID-19.

The woman returned to Singapore on 1 December and served her stay-notice notice at a dedicated facility until 14 December. Her test taken on 11 December was negative for COVID-19. 

She is asymptomatic, and was detected when she took a COVID-19 pre-departure test on 23 April in preparation for her trip back to the UK, said the MOH.

The ministry added that her test result came back positive the next day, and she was conveyed to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) in an ambulance.

"Her Ct value was very high, which is indicative of a low viral load, and her serology test result has come back positive. She could be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA from a past infection which are no longer transmissible and infective to others, but given that we are not able to definitively conclude when she had been infected, we will take all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure," said the MOH.

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2nd local case resides at Westlite Woodlands Dormitory

The infected dorm dweller, currently unlinked, is a 35-year-old male Bangladesh national who is a work permit holder.

The man works as a construction worker employed by Jenta Decoration Contractor but does not typically interact with clients, said the MOH, adding that he resides at Westlite Woodlands Dormitory.

However, the man resides in a different block from two previously reported cases and has not interacted with them. 

The two previously reported cases have been fully vaccinated – a 35-year-old male Bangladesh national and his roommate, a 32-year-old male male compatriot. Both are employed by Prosper Environmental & Engineering as construction supervisors, and work at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard.

Monday's sole dorm case was in Bangladesh from 17 February to 21 December last year, and served his stay-home notice at a dedicated facility from 21 December last year to 4 January. His swab taken on 1 January was negative for COVID-19. 

The man's tests from the rostered routine testing regime – the last being on 20 April – were also negative for COVID-19, said the MOH.

As part of the precautionary measures taken following the detection of his same-age compatriot's infection, the man was placed on quarantine on 22 April. He is asymptomatic but was tested for COVID-19 on 23 April during quarantine to determine his status.

The MOH said that his test result came back positive for COVID-19 and he was conveyed in an ambulance to the NCID. 

Another test conducted by the National Public Health Laboratory on 25 April was negative for COVID-19. 

"His Ct value was very high, and his serology test result has also come back positive. Based on his travel history, he was likely to have been infected while he was overseas, and is shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA, which are no longer transmissible and infective to others. As a precautionary measure, we will still take all the necessary public health actions," the ministry added.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has increased from nine in the week before to 10 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at four per week in the past two weeks.

43 imported cases, including one-year-old boy

Among the 43 imported cases, eight are Singaporeans and five are PRs who returned from India and Indonesia. 

One Singaporean man and woman – aged 56 and 58, respectively – who returned from India are among Monday's four symptomatic cases. A third Singaporean, a 32-year-old woman, who also returned from India, is also among the symptomatic infections.

Four others are dependant’s pass holders – including a one-year-old baby boy – who arrived from India and Nepal.

Three cases are student's pass holders who arrived from India. Six others are work pass holders who arrived from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Eight others are work permit holders who arrived from India and Malaysia. One of them, a 28-year-old man who arrived from India, is among Monday's four symptomatic cases.

A case is a short-term visit pass holder who arrived from Bangladesh. She was already receiving medical care in Singapore and had returned for further treatment.

The remaining eight cases are special pass holders who are sea crew members. They arrived from Indonesia on a vessel, and were tested onboard without disembarking.

All 43 imported cases were placed on the stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival here and were tested for COVID-19.

99% of total cases have recovered

With 20 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Monday, 60,682 cases – or 99.4 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 109 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while none is in the intensive care unit.

A total of 230 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from the 30 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 15 others who tested positive for the virus were determined to have died from unrelated causes, including three whose deaths were attributed to a heart attack and another four, whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.

Among the 200 confirmed cases reported from 20 to 26 April, 61 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 68 have tested negative, and 71 serology test results are pending.

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