COVID-19: Singapore confirms new single-day high of 23 cases, including 17 imported, total at 266

People arriving at Woodlands Checkpoint on 17 March, 2020. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman/Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (17 March) confirmed a new single-day high of 23 COVID-19 cases in Singapore, bringing the total to 266.

A previous single-day high of 17 cases was reported on Monday.

Of the 23 new cases, 17 are imported cases, while two are linked to previous cases. Four currently have no established links.

Separately, five other cases have been discharged from hospital, said the ministry. They are:

  1. Case 122: 64-year-old Singaporean woman linked to SAFRA Jurong cluster

  2. Case 123: 47-year-old Singaporean man who had been in South Africa from 14 to 17 February; France from 22 to 24 February

  3. Case 131: 66-year-old Singaporean man linked to SAFRA Jurong cluster

  4. Case 171: 27-year-old Singaporean man who had been in France from 25 February to 1 March; Spain from 1 to 6 March

  5. Case 196: 73-year-old Singaporean woman linked to SAFRA Jurong cluster

In all, 114 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged. 14 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit, up from 13 on Monday.

The MOH also said that contact tracing is underway for 16 locally transmitted cases – of over 160 local transmissions – out of to establish any links to previous cases or travel history to affected countries or regions. Over 100 are imported.

17 IMPORTED CASES

Case 244: Singaporean man who was in Germany, Italy, Switzerland

The 53-year-old Singaporean man had been in Germany from 26 to 29 February, Italy from 29 February to 7 March, and Switzerland from 7 to 14 March. He is currently warded in an isolation room at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). He is linked to Case 243.

He reported onset of symptoms on 7 March. He presented at the emergency department of Gleneagles Hospital on 15 March and was referred to NCID on the same day. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Monday afternoon.

Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work at a home office at River Valley Road. He stays at Alexandra Road.

Case 246: Canadian man who was in Japan

The 39-year-old man had been in Japan from 23 February to 7 March. He is currently warded in an isolation room at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

He reported onset of symptoms on 9 March. He presented at the emergency department of the SGH on 15 March and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Monday afternoon.

Prior to hospital admission, he had visited Singtel Comcentre at 31 Exeter Road. He stays in the Tanjong Pagar area.

Case 247: Singaporean man who was in UK, France

The 41-year-old man had been in the United Kingdom from 5 to 8 March, and again from 10 to 12 March, and France from 8 to 10 March. He is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

He reported onset of symptoms on Tuesday and had presented at NCID on the same day. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on the same afternoon. He stays at Tampines Avenue 8.

Case 249: Singapore PR who was in US

The 42-year-old man had been in the United States from 4 to 16 March. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 250: British man who was in UK, Austria

The 28-year-old man, who holds a Singapore work pass, had been in the United Kingdom and Austria from 29 February to 14 March. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 253: Singaporean man who was in Spain

The 24-year-old man had been in Spain from 12 February to 16 March. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 254: Female Singapore PR who was in France

The 43-year-old woman had been in France from 22 February to 13 March. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 255: Swedish man who was in Norway, Denmark, Sweden

The 44-year-old man, who holds a Singapore work pass, had been in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden from 1 to 9 March. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 257: French teen who was in UK

The 19-year-old boy, who holds a Singapore long-term pass, had been in the United Kingdom from 16 October last year to 14 March. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at the National University Hospital (NUH).

Case 258: Male Indian national who was in Europe

The 47-year-old man had been in Europe from 9 February to 15 March. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 259: Singaporean woman who was in Philippines

The 30-year-old woman had been in the Philippines from 7 to 9 March. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 261: American man who was in US, France

The 30-year-old man, who holds a Singapore work pass, had been in the United States from 23 February to 9 March, and France from 9 to 15 March. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 262: Indonesian woman who was in UK

The 20-year-old woman had been in the United Kingdom from late January to 16 March. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Cases 263 & 266: Singaporean woman, man who were in Spain, Portugal

The 52-year-old woman (case 263) had been in Spain from 6 to 8 March and again from 9 to 14 March, and Portugal from 8 to 9 March. She is linked to case 266, a 63-year-old Singaporean man who had travelled to these countries at the same time.

The duo were confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning and are currently warded in isolation rooms at NCID.

Case 264: Indonesian woman who came to Singapore

The 41-year-old woman had arrived in Singapore on Tuesday. She was confirmed to have COVID- 19 infection the next morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 265: Singaporean woman who was in UK

The 25-year-old woman who had been in the United Kingdom from 6 to 14 March. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

TWO LINKED TO PREVIOUS CASES

Case 251: 59-year-old Singaporean woman linked to 186

The Singaporean woman had no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

She is a family member of case 186, a 64-year-old Singaporean man who also had no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 12 March.

The man is linked to Case 166 – both are linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster, the largest here with 47 cases.

Case 256: 32-year-old Filipina linked to 205

The woman, who holds a Singapore work pass, has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

She is linked to an imported case 205, a 30-year-old Filipina who had been in the Philippines from 27 February to 6 March. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 14 March.

(Cases 245, 248, 252 and 260)

FOUR CASES WITH NO ESTABLISHED LINKS

Case 245: 76-year-old Singaporean man

The man had no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. He is currently warded in an isolation room at Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

He reported onset of symptoms on 12 March, and was conveyed by ambulance to SGH on 15 March. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Monday afternoon.

Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work at Marina One West Tower at 9 Straits View. He stays at Boon Lay Drive.

Case 248: 23-year-old Malaysian woman who was in home country

The 23-year-old woman, who holds a Singapore work pass, had been in Malaysia from 12 to 13 March. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 252: 66-year-old Singaporean man who was in Malaysia

The man had been in Malaysia from 25 to 29 February. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 260: 48-year-old female Singapore PR

The 48-year-old woman had no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at Farrer Park Hospital.

Updates on cases 233-243: 6 imported

The ministry also provided updates on 11 of 17 cases announced on Monday.

Case 233 is an imported case involving a 61-year-old British man, who holds a Singapore long-term pass, and had been in the United Kingdom from 6 to 13 March.

He reported onset of symptoms on 15 March and had sought treatment at the emergency department of Parkway East Hospital on 15 March. He was referred to NCID on the same day. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning. He stays at East Coast Road.

Case 234 is an 86-year-old Singaporean man who had no recent travel history to affected countries and regions.

He reported onset of symptoms on 28 February, and had sought treatment at a general practitioner clinic and Bukit Merah Polyclinic on 2, 9 and 14 March.

He presented at the emergency department of SGH on 14 March. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning. He stays at Telok Blangah Heights.

Case 235 is a 31-year-old Singaporean woman with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions and is linked to case 208.

She reported onset of symptoms on 11 March and had sought treatment at SGH’s staff clinic on 13 and 14 March. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning.

Prior to hospital admission, she had gone to work as a medical social worker at SGH at Outram Road. She stays at Bukit Batok West Avenue 8.

Case 208 is a 26-year-old Singaporean woman who tested positive for the virus on Saturday morning and had no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. Both women are part of four cases linked to a cluster at the Church of Singapore’s Bukit Timah branch, which was announced on Monday.

Case 236 is a 30-year-old Singaporean woman with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She is a family member of case 219, a 30-year-old Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officer, and is linked to cases 142 and 211.

As she had been identified as a contact of case 142, she was placed under quarantine since 9 March. She reported onset of symptoms on 10 March and was conveyed by ambulance to NCID on 15 March. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning. She stays at Bishan Street 22.

Case 142 is a 26-year-old Singaporean man who tested positive for the virus on 7 March, and is linked to two clusters: SAFRA Jurong and Boulder+. Case 211 is a 35-year-old Filipina who holds a Singapore long-term pass and confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 15 March. She is also linked to case 142 as well.

Case 237 is a 36-year-old Indonesian woman, who holds a Singapore work pass, with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She is linked to case 225, a 63-year-old Singaporean man who is an imported case who had been in Indonesia from 3 to 7 March.

She reported onset of symptoms on 12 March and had sought treatment at a general practitioner clinic on 13 March. As she had been identified as a contact of case 225, she was referred by the MOH to NCID on 15 March. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning. She stays at Beach Road.

Case 238 is an imported case involving an 83-year-old female Belgium national who arrived in Singapore on 6 March.

She reported onset of symptoms on 14 March and had sought treatment at Raffles Hospital on 15 March. She was referred to NCID on 15 March and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning. Prior to hospital admission, she mostly stayed in the Jalan Besar area.

Case 239 is an imported case involving a 28-year-old British man, who holds a Singapore work pass and had been in France from 7 to 14 March. He is linked to Case 241, also a 28-year-old British man, who holds a Singapore work pass and had been in France in the same period.

He reported onset of symptoms on 14 March and was referred to NCID upon arrival in Singapore. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning. He stays at Cairnhill Rise.

Case 240 is an imported case involving a 27-year-old male Singapore PR who had been in Spain from 7 to 14 March and a family member of case 229, a 26-year-old female Singapore PR who had been in Spain from 14 February to 14 March.

He reported onset of symptoms on 14 March and had presented at NCID on 15 March. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning. He stays at Kim Keat Road.

Case 241 is an imported case involving a 28-year-old British man, who holds a Singapore work pass and had been in France from 7 to 14 March. He is linked to Case 239.

He reported onset of symptoms on 11 March while in France, and was referred to NCID upon arrival in Singapore on 15 March. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning. He stays in the Cairnhill Road area.

Case 242 is a 64-year-old Singaporean woman who had been in Malaysia on 7 and 8 March. She is linked to Case 166, a 55-year-old Singaporean woman linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

The 64-year-old woman reported onset of symptoms on 14 March. As she had been identified as a contact of case 166, she was issued a home quarantine order on 11 March.

She was conveyed to NCID on 15 March. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning. She stays at Gangsa Road.

Case 243 is an imported case involving a 36-year-old Singaporean man who had been in Germany from 26 to 29 February, Italy from 29 February to 7 March, and Switzerland from 7 to 14 March. He is linked to Case 244.

He reported onset of symptoms on 11 March. He presented at NCID on 15 March, and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on Tuesday morning. Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work at a home office at River Valley Road. He stays at Havelock Road.

Most remaining cases stable; over 2k currently quarantined

Most of the remaining 152 cases who are still hospitalised are stable or improving. 14 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

As of Tuesday noon, the MOH has identified 5,939 close contacts who have been quarantined. Of these, 2,062 are currently quarantined, and 3,877 have completed their quarantine.

The health ministry also reiterated its advice for Singaporeans to defer all non-essential travel abroad.

COVID-19 multi-ministry taskforce co-chair Lawrence Wong on Tuesday made a plea to Singaporeans to cancel all upcoming travel plans, where possible.

Wong, who is also National Development Minister, said, “It puts everyone at risk – you put yourself at risk, you put your family members and people around you at risk. We ask Singaporeans, residents to think through before you make any travel plans.”

“We are not locking our borders, shutting our borders, stopping people from travelling, but please encourage and urge people to defer all travel at this particular juncture."

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