COVID-19: Singapore confirms single-day high of 13 new cases; total 130

Amir Hussain
Senior Reporter

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (6 March) confirmed 13 new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore - the biggest jump on a single day so far - bringing the total to 130.

The previous single-day high of nine cases was reported by MOH on 14 February.

Of the new cases, nine are part of the cluster linked to a private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong on 15 February, two are likely to be imported, one is linked to a previous case and the remaining one is unlinked.

Clusters

A total of 31 cases are linked to the The Life Church and Missions Singapore and the Grace Assembly of God.

Nine of the confirmed cases are linked to Yong Thai Hang.

Three of the confirmed cases are linked to the business meeting held at Grand Hyatt Singapore from 20 to 22 January.

Five of the confirmed cases are linked to the Seletar Aerospace Heights construction site.

14 of the confirmed cases are linked to Wizlearn Technologies.

17 of the confirmed cases are linked to the event at SAFRA Jurong.

Case 118: 33-year-old Singaporean woman

The 33-year-old Singaporean woman, who has no recent travel history to affected territories, is currently warded in an isolation room at the National University Hospital (NUH). She is a family member of Cases 114, a 62-year-old Singaporean man, and Case 115, a 62-year-old Singaporean woman, and is linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

She reported onset of symptoms on 29 February and had sought treatment at Pioneer Polyclinic on Monday. She presented at the emergency department at NUH on Wednesday. Subsequent test results confirmed her COVID-19 infection on Thursday afternoon.

Prior to hospital admission, she had mostly stayed at home in the Westwood Avenue area.

Case 119: Singaporean man who works at Singtel

The 55-year-old Singaporean man, who has no recent travel history to affected territories, is warded in an isolation room at Alexandra Hospital (AH).

He reported onset of symptoms on 27 February and had sought treatment at a general practitioner (GP) clinic on the same day, and on 29 February. He presented at the Urgent Care Centre at AH on last Sunday and Thursday. Subsequent test results confirmed his COVID-19 infection on Thursday afternoon.

Prior to hospital admission, he had mostly stayed at his home at Stirling Road. He is employed by Singtel but has not gone to work since the onset of symptoms

Case 120: 62-year-old Singaporean woman

The 62-year-old Singaporean woman, who has no recent travel history to affected territories, is warded in an isolation room at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). She is linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

She reported onset of symptoms on 2 March and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on Tuesday. As she had attended the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong on 15 February, she was referred by MOH to NCID on Thursday and was immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed her COVID-19 infection on Thursday afternoon.

Prior to hospital admission, she had visited Boon Lay Shopping Centre. She stays at Jurong West St 65.

Case 121: 54-year-old Singaporean woman

The 54-year-old Singaporean woman, who has no recent travel history to affected territories, is warded in an isolation room at the NCID. She is linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

She reported onset of symptoms on 26 February and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on 1 March. As she had attended the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong on 15 February, she was referred by MOH to NCID on Thursday, and was immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed her COVID-19 infection on Thursday afternoon.

Prior to hospital admission, she had mostly stayed at home at Corporation Drive.

Case 122: 64-year-old Singaporean woman

The 64-year-old Singaporean woman, who has no recent travel history to affected territories, is warded in an isolation room at NCID. She is a close contact of Case 117, a 52-year-old Singaporean woman, and is linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

She reported onset of symptoms on Tuesday and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on Thursday. She was referred to NCID on the same day, and was immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed her COVID-19 infection on Thursday afternoon.

Prior to hospital admission, she had visited Westgate in Gateway Drive and Keat Hong Community Centre. She stays at Petir Road.

Case 123: Singaporean SIA staff, likely imported case

The 47-year-old Singaporean man is likely an imported case who had been in South Africa from 14 to 17 February and France from 22 to 24 February. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Thursday afternoon.

He reported onset of symptoms on 27 February and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on the same day, and on Monday and Wednesday. He presented at Sengkang General Hospital on Wednesday. Subsequent test results confirmed his COVID-19 infection on Thursday afternoon.

Prior to hospital admission, he had mostly stayed at Fernvale Close. He is employed by Singapore Airlines as a cabin crew but had not gone to work since the onset of symptoms.

Case 124: Singapore PR, likely imported case

The 37-year-old female Singaporean Permanent Resident is likely an imported case. She has been to Germany from 27 February to 5 March. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Friday morning and is warded in an isolation room at the NCID.

Case 125: 65-year-old Singaporean woman

The 65-year-old Singaporean woman, who has no recent travel history to affected territories, was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Friday morning. She is warded in an isolation room at the NCID.

She is a family member of Case 128, a 70-year-old Singaporean man, and is linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

Case 126: 77-year-old Singaporean man

The 77-year-old Singaporean man, who has no recent travel history to affected territories, was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Thursday afternoon. He is warded in an isolation room at the NCID.

As part of enhanced precautions, patients who have acute respiratory infection will be placed in wards with greater separation between patients to minimise risk infection.

He had been in the same ward as Case 109, a 70-year-old Singaporean man who worked at Fish Mart Sakuraya in West Coast Road, at the Singapore General Hospital from 29 February to 1 March before the latter had been confirmed to have COVID-19 infection.

Case 126 has been quarantined since 4 March.

Case 127: 64-year-old Singaporean woman

The 64-year-old Singaporean woman, who has no recent travel history to affected territories, was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Thursday afternoon. She is warded in an isolation room at the NCID.

She is a close contact of Case 117, a 52-year-old Singaporean woman, and is linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

Case 128: 70-year-old Singaporean man

The 70-year-old Singaporean man, who has no recent travel history to affected territories, was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Friday morning. He is warded in an isolation room at the NCID.

He is a family member of Case 125, a 65-year-old Singaporean woman, and is linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

Case 129: 68-year-old Singaporean woman

The 68-year-old Singaporean woman, who has no recent travel history to affected territories, was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Friday morning. She is warded in an isolation room at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH).

She is a family member of Case 130, a 66-year-old Singaporean man, and is linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

Case 130: 66-year-old Singaporean man

The 66-year-old Singaporean man, who has no recent travel history to affected territories, was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Friday morning. He is warded in an isolation room at NTFGH.

He is linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

More details on Case 116: 50-year-old Singaporean woman

The 50-year-old Singaporean woman, who has no recent travel history to affected territories, is warded in an isolation room at NCID. She is linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

She reported onset of symptoms on 29 February and had sought treatment at a GP clinic last Sunday and Tuesday. As she had attended the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong on 15 February, she was referred by MOH to NCID Wednesday, and was immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed her COVID-19 infection on Thursday morning.

Prior to hospital admission, she had mostly stayed at her home at Jurong West Street 81.

More details on Case 117: 52-year-old Singaporean woman

The 52-year-old Singaporean woman has no recent travel history to affected territories but had been in Malaysia last Sunday. She is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. She is linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

She reported onset of symptoms on Monday. As she had attended the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong on 15 February, she was referred by MOH to NCID on Wednesday, and immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed her COVID-19 infection on Thursday morning.

Prior to hospitalisation, she had visited shops located at 131 Marsiling Rise and 731 Yishun Street 72, and attended exercise classes at Petir Park and Zhenghua Nature Park at Segar Road. She stays at Senja Road.

Discharged patients

One more patient has been discharged from the hospital. This brings the total of those who have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged to 82.

9 in ICU; most remaining cases stable

On Wednesday, MOH said that most of the 48 remaining patients in the hospital are stable or improving. Nine are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

As of noon, the ministry has identified 3,366 close contacts who have been quarantined. Of these, 389 are currently quarantined, and 2,977 have completed their quarantine.

MOH advises Singaporeans to defer all travel to Hubei province, home to Wuhan where the virus originated, and all non-essential travel to mainland China, South Korea, northern Italy, Iran and Japan.

COVID-19’s death toll mounts around the world

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.

It likely originated from Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Market, where live animals or products – such as foxes, wolf puppies, giant salamanders, snakes, porcupines, and camel meat – are sold.

Declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO), COVID-19 has spread to 93 countries and territories including mainland China.

To date, the virus has left more than 3,000 people in China dead and sickened over 98,000 globally including more than 80,000 in China. 348 deaths related to the outbreak have been reported outside mainland China.

At 6,593 confirmed infections including 42 deaths, South Korea has the second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases after mainland China. Italy has the third-highest number with 3,858 cases with 148 deaths - the most fatalities outside of China. Iran has the fourth-highest number with 3,513 cases and 108 deaths.

The global tally also includes cruise ship Diamond Princess, moored off Japan, which accounted for 696 cases, including six related deaths so far. Five Singaporeans who were on board the quarantined cruise ship have been allowed to disembark it.

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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