COVID-19: SingPost says 3 confirmed cases do not have contact with public for their work

Employees of SingPost sorting out parcels at its centre in Singapore. (PHOTO: AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The three confirmed cases of COVID-19 who work at the SingPost Centre in Eunos do not have contact with members of the public in their line of work, the postal services company said on Friday (27 March).

Of these cases, one is a contract staff and the other two are full-time SingPost employees who are not postmen. The trio work in the packet-sorting facility, a restricted area only for staff members.

Earlier Friday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced a new cluster of three cases at the SingPost Centre, including the contract staff who tested positive on Wednesday. The other two SingPost employees were confirmed to have the virus on Friday. The MOH said there were 49 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Friday, taking the total to 732.

“As a precautionary measure, SingPost has suspended all packet processing operations at SingPost Centre on 26 and 27 March for thorough cleaning and disinfection, as well as facilitate further contact tracing by the relevant authorities.

 “All employees working on the same floor as the confirmed cases have also been instructed to stay home until further notice, while contact tracing efforts are underway,” a SingPost spokesperson said.

Delivery of packages may be slightly delayed as cleaning and disinfection are underway but letter mail is not affected through this time. Operations at the affected area are expected to resume next Monday.

“SingPost will also like to stress that there is no known risk of contracting the virus through physical items so far,” the spokesperson said.

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