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06 Mar 2021

6th Mar 2021

         As of 6 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 12 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 12 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

 

0

1

Cases residing in dormitories

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

Imported cases

12

 

11

1

 

1

11

Total

13

 

 

 

 

 

 


2.       Overall, the number of new cases in the community has remained stable at 4 cases per week in the past 2 weeks. The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from 2 cases in the week before to 3 cases 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 95 confirmed cases reported from 28 February to 6 March, 56 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 26 have tested negative, and 13 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 60666 is a 35 year-old female Indonesian national who is a foreign domestic worker. She arrived in Singapore on 20 January 2021 and served SHN at a dedicated facility until 3 February. Her swab done on 2 February during SHN was negative for COVID-19, as was her pre-departure test taken on 18 January while she was in Indonesia. 

She is asymptomatic, and was detected when she took a COVID-19 pre-departure test on 4 March in preparation for her return to Indonesia. Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection, and she was conveyed to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases in an ambulance. Another test taken by the National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) on 5 March came back negative for COVID-19 infection, and her serological test result has come back positive, which indicates a likely past infection. She is likely to be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA, which are no longer transmissible and infective to others. However as we are unable to definitively confirm her date of infection, we will take all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure, including placing all her identified close contacts on quarantine. 

b) Cases residing in dormitories: 0

There are no cases residing in dormitories today. 

c) Imported cases: 12

Amongst the 12 imported cases, 

• 1 (Case 60671) is a Singaporean and 1 (Case 60673) is a Singapore Permanent Resident who returned from Indonesia and Malaysia.
• 2 (Cases 60669 and 60672) are Dependant’s Pass holders who arrived from India.
• 1 (Case 60664) is a Work Pass holder who arrived from India.
• 7 are Work Permit holders who arrived from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines, of whom 3 (Cases 60674, 60678 and 60695) are foreign domestic workers.

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

Case 60664, a 27 year-old female Indian national, is a Work Pass holder who has not started work yet. She arrived in Singapore on 8 February and served SHN at a dedicated facility until 22 February. Her test taken during SHN on 21 February was negative for COVID-19. As part of her pre-employment health screening, she was tested for COVID-19 on 4 March even though she is asymptomatic, and her test came back positive. Another test taken by NPHL on 5 March was negative for COVID-19 infection, and her serological test result has come back positive. She had also earlier tested positive for a COVID-19 antigen test in India on 18 November 2020. Given that these indicate likely past infection, we have classified the case as imported. She is likely to be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA, which are no longer transmissible and infective to others.

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

5.       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.

Update on condition of confirmed cases

6.       9 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 59,879 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities. 

7.       There are currently 22 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. 90 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
6 MARCH 2021