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26 Mar 2021

26th Mar 2021

          As of 26 March 2021, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified that there is 1 new case of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. The case is in the community, and there are no new cases in the dormitories. There are 11 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 11 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while 1 was 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

1


0

1


1

0

Cases residing in dormitories

0


0

0


0

0

Imported cases

11


11

0


0

11

Total

12








2        Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from none in the week before to 1 case in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from none in the week before to 1 case in the past week. We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme.

3.            Amongst the 98 confirmed cases reported from 20 March to 26 March, 31 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 47 have tested negative, and 20 serology test results are pending.


Case Details

a)            Cases in the community: 1
 
There is 1 case in the community today who is currently unlinked.

Case 61184 is a 26 year-old female Myanmar national who is a foreign domestic worker. She arrived from Myanmar on 23 January and served SHN at a dedicated facility until 6 February. Her test taken on 5 February during SHN was negative for COVID-19. Following her SHN, she moved into a boarding house for foreign domestic workers while waiting for deployment to an employer, and had not left the boarding house from 6 February to 23 March.

On 23 March, she started work at her employer’s residence. On the same night, she developed a cough and runny nose. She sought medical treatment at a General Practitioner clinic on 24 March and was tested for COVID-19. Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection the next day, and she was conveyed to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases in an ambulance.

Another test conducted by the National Public Health Laboratory on 25 March was negative for COVID-19 infection, and her serological test result has come back positive. She could be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA from a past infection, but given that we are not able to definitively conclude that she had been infected before her arrival in Singapore, we will take all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure.

 Epidemiological investigations are ongoing. In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the case, including her contacts at the boarding house and employer’s residence, 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.

 
b)            Cases residing in dormitories: 0

 There are no cases residing in dormitories today.

 
c)            Imported cases: 11

 Amongst the 11 imported cases,

 •             2 (Cases 61191 and 61204) are Singaporeans who returned from Qatar and the UAE.
•             1 (Case 61197) is a Work Pass holder who arrived from the Philippines.
•             6 (Cases 61185, 61187, 61189, 61192, 61193 and 61194) are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India and the Philippines.
•             1 (Case 61203) is a Student’s Pass holder who arrived from India for studies in Singapore.
•             1 (Case 61186) is a Short-Term Visit Pass holder who arrived from Romania as part of an eSport event crew.

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

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.            17 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 60,103 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

 6.            There are currently 27 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. 105 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. 30 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

 
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
26 MARCH 2021