COVID-19: Singapore confirms 12 new cases, 9 of which are imported; total at 212

Members of the public in Singapore. (PHOTO: Ore Huiying/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (14 March) confirmed 12 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Singapore bringing the total to 212.

Of the new cases,

  • one is part of the cluster involving the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong on 15 February (Case 201);

  • Nine are imported cases (Cases 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 209, 210 and 212);

  • One (Case 211) is linked to a previous case (Case 142); and

  • One is currently unlinked (Case 208).

Eight patients were discharged from the hospital, bringing the total of those who have recovered and have been discharged to 105, almost half of 212 confirmed cases. Fourteen remain in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

The ministry added that contact tracing is underway for 11 locally transmitted cases – out of over 140 – with no established links to previous cases or travel history to affected countries or regions. A total of 65 cases are imported.

As of Saturday noon, MOH has identified 5,244 close contacts who have been quarantined. Of these, 1,712 are currently quarantined, and 3,532 have completed their quarantine.

Case 201: Linked with SAFRA Jurong cluster

Case 201 is a 52-year-old female Singaporean with no recent travel history to affected countries and region. She is currently warded in an isolation room at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH). She is linked to the cluster involving the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong.

She reported onset of symptoms on 5 March and had sought treatment at a general practitioner (GP) clinic on the same day. She presented at NTFGH on 7 March and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Friday afternoon.

Prior to hospital admission, she mostly stayed at her home at Teck Whye Lane.

Case 202: Attended mass religious gathering in Malaysia

Case 202 is an imported case involving a 44-year-old male Singaporean who had been in Malaysia from 28 February to 3 March. He is currently warded in an isolation room at Sengkang General Hospital (SKH). He had attended a mass religious gathering at a mosque in Malaysia, and the Malaysian authorities had subsequently reported several confirmed COVID-19 cases linked to the event.

He reported onset of symptoms on 3 March and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on 4 March and 5 March. He presented at SKH on Thursday and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Friday afternoon.

Prior to hospital admission, he had visited Masjid Al-Mawaddah (151 Compassvale Bow), Masjid Jamae (Chulia) (218 South Bridge Road) and Masjid Al-Istiqamah (2 Serangoon North Avenue 2). He stays at Anchorvale Drive.

Case 203: Singaporean who had been to Indonesia

Case 203 is likely to be an imported case involving a 36 year-old female Singaporean who had been in Indonesia from 6 to 8 March. She is currently warded in an isolation room at Changi General Hospital (CGH).

She reported onset of symptoms on Wednesday, and presented at the emergency department of CGH on Thursday. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Friday afternoon.

Prior to hospital admission, she mostly stayed at her home at Pasir Ris Street 51.

Case 204: American national, S’pore work-pass holder

Case 204 is an imported case involving a 32-year-old male American national who is a Singapore Work Pass holder, and had been in Japan from 29 February to 8 March. He is currently warded in an isolation room at Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

He reported onset of symptoms on Wednesday, and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on Thursday. He presented at SGH on Thursday, and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Friday afternoon.

Prior to hospital admission, he had mostly stayed at his home in the Tanjong Pagar Road area.

Case 205: Filipino national, S’pore long-term visit pass holder

Case 205 is an imported case involving a 30-year-old female Filipino national who is a Singapore long term visit pass holder, and had been in the Philippines from 27 February to 6 March. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Saturday morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).

Case 206: New Zealand national, S’pore long-term visit pass holder

Case 206 is an imported case involving a 33-year-old female New Zealand national who is a Singapore long term visit pass holder, and had been to the United States from 28 February to Friday. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Saturday morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 207: S’porean who had been in the UK

Case 207 is an imported case involving a 40-year-old female Singaporean who had been in the United Kingdom from 6 to 11 March. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Saturday morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 208: S’porean with no travel history

Case 208 is a 26-year-old female Singaporean who has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Saturday morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 209: S’porean who had been in the US

Case 209 is an imported case involving a 32 year-old female Singaporean who had been in the United States from 2 to 7 March. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Saturday morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at SGH.

Case 210: German national, S’pore long term visit pass holder

Case 210 is an imported case involving a 56-year-old male German national who is a Singapore long term visit pass holder, and had been in Germany from 27 February to 3 March, and again from Wednesday to Thursday, and Switzerland from 3 to 10 March. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Saturday morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 211: Linked to Case 142

Case 211 is a 35-year-old female Filipino national who is a Singapore long term visit pass holder. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Saturday morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. She is linked to Case 142, a 26-year-old male Singaporean who is a family member with two cases which are linked to the Safra Jurong cluster.

Case 212: Indonesian national

Case 212 is an imported case involving a 64-year-old male Indonesian national. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Saturday morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Updates on previous cases (Cases 190 to 200)

Case 190, a 53-year-old male Singaporean, reported onset of symptoms on Tuesday. As he had been identified as a contact of Case 172, he was referred by MOH to NCID on Thursday. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Friday morning.

Prior to hospital admission, he mostly stayed at his home at Yishun Ave 11. He is a taxi driver but had not worked since onset of symptoms.

Case 191, an imported case involving a 24-year-old female Malaysian national, reported onset of symptoms on Monday while in Malaysia and had sought treatment at two GP clinics on Wednesday and Thursday. She was referred to NCID on Thursday and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Friday morning.

She is employed as a cabin crew at Singapore Airlines but had not gone to work since onset of symptoms. She stays at Pasir Ris Grove.

Case 192, an imported case involving a 32 year-old male American national, reported onset of symptoms on Wednesday and presented at NCID on Thursday. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Friday morning. Prior to hospital admission, he mostly stayed at his room at The Pod@Beach Road.

Case 193, an imported case involving a 26-year-old male Malaysian national, sought treatment at a GP clinic on Thursday, and was referred to NCID. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Friday morning. Prior to hospital admission, he mostly stayed at his home at Telok Blangah Street 31.

Case 194, an imported case involving a 24-year-old female Chinese national, reported onset of symptoms on 8 March and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on Thursday, and was referred to NCID. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Friday morning.

She is linked with Case 193. Prior to hospital admission, she mostly stayed at her home at Telok Blangah Street 31.

Case 195, an imported case involving a 47-year-old male Singaporean, reported onset of symptoms on 6 March while he was in Canada and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on Thursday. He was referred to NCID on the same day. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Friday morning. He stays at Bukit Batok Avenue 3.

Case 196, a 73-year-old female Singaporean, reported onset of symptoms on 3 March and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on Monday. She was referred to NCID, and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Friday morning. Prior to hospital admission, she mostly stayed at her home at Holland Close.

Case 197, an imported case involving a 30-year-old male Singaporean, reported onset of symptoms on 4 March and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on 5 March. He presented at NCID on Thursday and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Friday morning.

Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work at Vopak Terminals Singapore Pte Ltd (51 Banyan Avenue), and visited Masjid Kassim (450 Changi Road), Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang (25 Jln Mempurong), Masjid Sultan (3 Muscat Street) and Fong Leong Engineering Pte Ltd (10 Buroh Street) . He stays at Canberra Street.

Case 198, a 61-year-old female Singaporean, reported onset of symptoms on 7 March and had sought treatment at two GP clinics on 8 March and Thursday. She was referred to NCID on Thursday, and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Friday morning. Prior to hospital admission, she mostly stayed at her home at Saraca Road.

Case 199, an imported case involving a 37-year-old male Singaporean, reported onset of symptoms on 3 March. He was referred by MOH to NCID on Thursday. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Friday morning.

Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work as a food delivery personnel employed by GrabFood and visited Masjid Al-Mawaddah (151 Compassvale Bow). He stays at Hougang Street 51.

Case 200, a 62-year-old female Singaporean, reported onset of symptoms on Thursday. As she has been identified as a contact of Case 165, she was issued a home quarantine order on Tuesday. She was conveyed to NCID by an ambulance on Friday, and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Friday morning. She stays at Jalan Mulia.

COVID-19’s death toll surpasses SARS epidemic

Declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), COVID-19 has spread to 145 territories beyond mainland China.

To date, the virus has left more than 3,100 people in China dead and sickened over 148,000 globally. Over 2,355 deaths related to the outbreak have been reported outside mainland China.

At over 17,000 patients including 1,266 deaths, Italy has the second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as the most deaths outside mainland China.

Iran has the third-highest number with 12,729 cases including 611 deaths, while South Korea has the fourth highest number with 8,086 cases including 72 deaths. The United States has 2,329 cases with 50 deaths.

The global tally also includes cruise ship Diamond Princess, moored off Japan, which accounted for 696 cases, including seven related deaths so far. 

The novel strain belongs to the same family of coronaviruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 800 people globally during a 2002-2003 outbreak and also started in China.

Patients suffering from the new strain may exhibit fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness – such as coughing or difficulty in breathing – as well as pneumonia-like symptoms like a runny nose, sore throat, and headache.

However, some who have died from it have not displayed symptoms of fever, according to details released by China’s National Health Commission, potentially complicating global efforts to check for infected travellers as they arrive at airports and other travel hubs.

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