SINGAPORE: A total of 35 new COVID-19 infections were reported in Singapore as of noon on Wednesday (Apr 7), including one community case and another short-term visit pass holder who travelled to Singapore to take part in a sporting event.
No new infections were reported in foreign worker dormitories, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
MYANMAR MAID TESTS POSITIVE
The sole community case, currently unlinked, is a 40-year-old Myanmar maid who arrived in Singapore on Nov 13.
A swab on Nov 23, taken during her stay-home notice, was negative for the coronavirus.
She had also been placed on quarantine from Nov 24 to 27 after being identified as a close contact of a previous case, also a Myanmar national. They were on the same flight to Singapore.
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The latest case started work at her employer’s home on Nov 27. She was tested for COVID-19 on Apr 4 when she sought treatment after developing a headache and shortness of breath.
The test result came back positive on the same day and she was warded at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.
Another test conducted by the National Public Health Laboratory on Apr 5 was negative for COVID-19 infection. Her serological test came back positive, which indicates a past infection.
“She could be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA, which are no longer transmissible and infective to others,” said MOH.
“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.”
CANADIAN ARRIVED TO PARTICIPATE IN SPORTING EVENT
Among the imported cases, a 35-year-old Canadian man arrived in Singapore on a short-term visit pass to participate in a sporting event.
He is linked to another man from Canada who tested positive on Apr 4.
There are now a total of four recent COVID-19 cases – two from Canada, one from Brazil and one from Serbia – who travelled to Singapore to participate in a sporting event.
No information has yet been provided on those cases in response to earlier queries by CNA.
Other new imported cases include a Singaporean who returned from the UK, as well as three dependant’s pass holders who arrived from France, India and Indonesia.
Another 23 cases are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. Seven of these cases are foreign domestic workers.
Two short-term visit pass holders travelled from Bangladesh and India to visit their family members who are Singaporeans or permanent residents.
All the imported cases were placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore, said MOH.
Twenty-one more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, taking the total recoveries to 60,260.
There are 46 cases who are still in hospital. Most are stable or improving, and one is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
A total of 218 cases are isolated and cared for at community facilities.
Two new locations were added to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period – Prime Supermarket and Bukit Gombak Wet Market, both located at Bukit Batok Street 31.
UP TO 250 PARTICIPANTS ALLOWED FOR MASS SPORTS EVENTS
In new guidelines released on Tuesday, Sport Singapore (SportSG) said up to 250 participants will be allowed for mass pilot sports events, with waves of up to 50 people per session.
Mass runs, open-water swims, cycling and triathlon events are some examples that typically fall under this category.
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No spectators are allowed and organisers need to put in place measures “to prevent spontaneous gathering of onlookers for such events”, added SportSG.
As of Wednesday, Singapore has reported 60,554 COVID-19 cases and 30 fatalities.