SINGAPORE: A 44-year-old restaurant manager who is the husband of a previously confirmed COVID-19 case is the sole community infection reported in Singapore as of noon on Monday (Apr 19).
The man is among the 20 new COVID-19 infections reported in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
This is the fourth consecutive day that new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the community.
The community case, identified as Case 62143, is the husband of Case 62045, a 41-year-old permanent resident who works as an accountant at OM Universal. Her infection was confirmed on Apr 16.
The man, who is also a permanent resident, works as a manager at Spice Grill Restaurant at 12 Gopeng Street and Rangoon Bar & Bistro at 94 Rangoon Road.
He was last at work on Apr 15, said MOH. He is asymptomatic.
The man was placed on home quarantine on Apr 16 after being identified as a close contact of Case 62045.
His infection was detected when he was tested on Apr 17 during quarantine, said the ministry.
The man’s test result came back positive on Apr 18 and he was taken by ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.
“His serology test result has come back negative, indicating that this is likely a current infection,” said MOH.
Epidemiological investigations into the case are ongoing.
“In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the case, including his co-workers, have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that we can detect asymptomatic cases.
“We will also conduct serological tests for the close contacts to determine if the cases could have been infected by them,” said MOH.
Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from two cases in the week before to nine cases in the past week.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from two cases in the week before to five cases in the past week.
RESTAURANTS VISITED BY COMMUNITY CASES
Spice Grill Restaurant and Rangoon Bar & Bistro where Case 62143 worked have been added to a list of public places visited by community COVID-19 cases during their infectious period.
Furama RiverFront at The Square @ Furama and Adam’s Corner Seafood Restaurant on Lavender Street were also named.
The remaining 19 cases were imported infections and had been placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival in Singapore.
Two of them are Singaporeans and six are permanent residents who returned from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Nepal.
Three cases are dependant’s pass holders who arrived from the Maldives and Philippines.
There are also one long-term visit pass holder, two student’s pass holders, three work pass holders and a work permit holder who arrived from India.
The remaining case is a short-term visit pass holder who arrived from India to visit her family member who is Singaporean.
No new infections were reported in foreign worker dormitories.
Eighteen more cases have been discharged, bringing the number who have fully recovered to 60,503.
Seventy-nine cases remain in hospital, with one in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
A total of 239 are isolated and cared for at community facilities.
Among the 173 confirmed cases reported from Apr 13 to Apr 19, 63 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 81 have tested negative, and 29 serology test results are pending.
As of Monday, Singapore has reported a total of 60,851 COVID-19 cases and 30 fatalities from the disease.
SEA CREW MEMBER WHO TESTED POSITIVE HAD TAKEN FIRST VACCINE DOSE
A sea crew member who preliminarily tested positive for the B117 strain had received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Apr 15, said MOH.
The Indonesian national was the sole community infection reported in Singapore on Sunday. The 39-year-old, who works on board a bunker tanker, is currently an unlinked case, said MOH.
He had not disembarked from the vessel except to go for COVID-19 testing and vaccination. Identified as Case 62113, the man had tested negative in earlier rostered routine testing, the last of which was on Apr 1.
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Epidemiological investigations are ongoing and his identified close contacts, including the crew members of the vessel, have been isolated and placed on quarantine.