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30 Dec 2020

30th Dec 2020

       As of 30 December 2020, 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 26 imported cases, of whom 25 had been placed on Stay-Home Notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 22 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while 5 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

1

 

0

1

 

1

0

Cases residing in dormitories

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

Imported cases

26

 

24

2

 

4

22

Total

27

 

 

 

 

 

 


2.       Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained low, with a total of 2 cases in the past week who are currently unlinked. 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: 1

There is 1 case in the community today who is currently unlinked. Case 58810 is a Singapore Permanent Resident who works as a Marine Surveyor at Lloyd’s Register Singapore. His work entails working onboard vessels docked at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard. 

He developed acute respiratory infection (ARI) symptoms on 27 December, and sought treatment at a general practitioner clinic on 28 December where he was tested for COVID-19 as part of our enhanced community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with ARI at first presentation to a doctor. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection the next day and was conveyed in an ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). His serological test results has come back negative, indicating that this is likely a current infection. 

He had not gone to work since onset of symptoms. His earlier tests from Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) – the last being on 14 December – had been negative for COVID-19 infection. 

Epidemiological investigations are ongoing. In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the case, including his family members, 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: 26

Amongst the 26 imported cases, 3 (Cases 58793, 58794 and 58811) are Singaporeans and 4 (Cases 58790, 58791, 58792 and 58802) are Singapore Permanent Residents who returned from India, Indonesia, Portugal, UK, US and Switzerland. In addition, there are 5 (Cases 58787, 58789, 58795, 58801 and 58809) Work Pass holders who arrived from the Philippines, India and UK. Another 7 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Indonesia and Myanmar, of whom 6 (Cases 58798, 58799, 58803, 58804, 58805 and 58807) are foreign domestic workers. 

Another 3 (Cases 58788, 58796 and 58797) are Dependant’s Pass holders who arrived from India. In addition, there is a Student’s Pass holder (Case 58800) who arrived from Indonesia, a Long-Term Visit Pass holder (Case 58786) who arrived from India and a Short-Term Visit Pass holder (Case 58806) who arrived from Indonesia to visit her Singaporean spouse. The remaining case (Case 58808) is a Special Pass holder who is a crew member of a ship which arrived from Indonesia. He had not disembarked from the ship until he was conveyed to a hospital following a swab onboard. 

Amongst them, 25 had been placed on SHN or isolated upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN or under isolation. 

Case 58811 is a Singaporean who works as a pilot with Singapore Airlines. He recently travelled to the UK for work from 19 December to 22 December. He was tested on 23 December as part of RRT for air crew who travel frequently, and his test came back negative for COVID-19 infection. On 26 December, he developed a fever, and sought medical treatment at a general practitioner clinic the next day, where he was swabbed. His test came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 29 December and he was conveyed to NCID in an ambulance. His serological test result has come back negative, indicating a likely current infection. He has also tested preliminarily positive for the B117 strain, a potentially more contagious strain of the COVID-19 virus that is circulating in the UK. Further tests will be conducted to confirm the strain.

Case 58809 is a Work Pass holder who arrived from the UK on 7 December, and was placed on SHN at a dedicated facility upon arrival in Singapore. He was tested on 17 December and his test result was negative for COVID-19. He ended his SHN on 21 December, but started to develop body ache on 22 December and ARI symptoms on 25 December. He sought medical treatment on 28 December and was swabbed for COVID-19. His test result came back positive on 29 December, and he was conveyed to NCID in an ambulance. His serological test result has come back positive. He has also tested preliminarily positive for the B117 strain, and is pending further confirmatory tests. 

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.     11 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 58,411 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities. 

6.       There are currently 52 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 77 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
30 DECEMBER 2020