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13 Jan 2021

13th Jan 2021

          As of 13 January 2021, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified 1 new case of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection who resides in a dormitory. There are no cases in the community. In addition, there are 37 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 34 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while 4 were symptomatic. 

Summary of new cases




Breakdown by


Breakdown by


Number of cases


Already in quarantine/ isolation before detection

Detected from surveillance


Symptomatic

Asymptomatic

Cases in the community

0


0

0


0

0

Cases residing in dormitories

1


0

1


0

1

Imported cases

37


37

0


4

33

Total

38








2.      Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 12 cases in the week before to 4 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 5 cases in the week before to 2 cases in the past week. We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme.


Case Details

a) Cases in the community: 0

There are no cases in the community today.

b) Cases residing in dormitories: 1

There is 1 case residing in a dormitory who is currently unlinked. Case 59243 is a Work Permit holder who arrived from India on 11 December 2020, and served SHN at a dedicated facility until 25 December. His swab done on 21 December during SHN was negative for COVID-19.

He resides at Seatown Dormitory and started work in the construction sector on 6 January 2021. He tested negative again for COVID-19 on 27 December. However a subsequent test taken on 12 January as part of Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) came back positive for COVID-19 infection. His serological test result is positive.

Given the relatively long time interval between his travel and positive COVID-19 test, we have classified this case as locally transmitted while epidemiological investigations are in progress. In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the case, including his dormitory contacts and 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 case could have been infected by them.


c) Imported cases: 37

Amongst the 37 imported cases,

  • 3 (Cases 59222, 59237 and 59240) are Singaporeans and 5 (Cases 59220, 59221, 59223, 59241 and 59242) are Singapore Permanent Residents who returned from France, India, Indonesia, the UK and US.
  • 1 (Case 59210) is a Long-Term Visit Pass holder who arrived from Indonesia.
  • 4 (Cases 59214, 59218, 59239 and 59245) are Work Pass holders who arrived from India and the UAE.
  • 21 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines, of whom 8 (Cases 59224, 59226, 59227, 59228, 59231, 59233, 59234 and 59246) are foreign domestic workers.
  • 3 (Cases 59235, 59236 and 59238) are Short-Term Visit Pass holders. Cases 59235 and 59236 are family members of Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents who arrived from Poland and India respectively. Case 59238 arrived from Brazil to participate in an eSport event.


They had all already been placed on SHN or isolated upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN or during isolation.

Case 59229 is a sea crew who worked onboard bunker tanker NewOcean 6. He had been identified as a close contact of Case 58812[1], and was placed on quarantine on 31 December. He was tested during quarantine and confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 12 January.

3.      Epidemiological investigations are in progress. In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the cases 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.

4.      Please refer to the Annexes and MOH’s daily Situation Report (www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/situation-report) for details.


Update on condition of confirmed cases

5.      28 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 58,722 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

6.      There are currently 56 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and 1 is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 177 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19. 29 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.


MINISTRY OF HEALTH
13 JANUARY 2021

 


[1] Case 58812 is a ship crew who arrived from Indonesia onboard NewOcean 6 on 17 December 2020. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 30 December.