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22 Feb 2021

22nd Feb 2021

          As of 22 February 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 9 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 9 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

 

1

0

 

1

0

Cases residing in dormitories

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

Imported cases

9

 

9

0

 

0

9

Total

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.          Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 5 cases in the week before to 2 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 2 cases 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 70 confirmed cases reported from 16 February to 22 February, 44 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 11 have tested negative, and 15 serology test results are pending.

 

Case Details

a)            Cases in the community: 1

There is 1 case in the community today who is linked to a previous case.

Case 60389 is a 43 year-old male Singaporean who is the spouse of Case 60102[1]. He works as an event planner but has not been at work since 1 February. He had been identified as a close contact of Case 60102 and was placed on quarantine on 9 February. His swab taken on 9 February was negative for COVID-19.

He developed anosmia on 15 February during quarantine but did not report his symptom. On 20 February, he developed a fever and self-medicated, again without informing MOH of his symptoms. The next day, he was tested for COVID-19 as part of our protocol to test individuals during quarantine. His test came back positive for COVID-19 infection on the same day and he was conveyed in an ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. His serological test result has come back negative, indicating that this is likely a current infection. He has been tested for the B117 strain, and the result is pending.

Individuals on quarantine or SHN are required to declare any symptoms promptly, and to report their health status to MOH every day. They are provided with a list of COVID-19 symptoms to look out for, as well as reporting instructions, at the start of their isolation period. We remind these individuals to be socially responsible and to report their symptoms promptly, even if these are early/mild.

 

b)            Cases residing in dormitories: 0

There are no cases residing in dormitories today.

 

c)            Imported cases: 9

Amongst the 9 imported cases,

•             2 (Cases 60399 and 60406) are Singaporeans who returned from Indonesia and the UK.
•             3 (Cases 60398, 60400 and 60414) are Dependant’s Pass holders who arrived from India, Indonesia and the US.
•             1 (Case 60397) is a Work Pass holder who arrived from the Philippines.
•             3 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Indonesia and Myanmar, of whom 1 (Case 60412) is a foreign domestic worker.

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

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.            15 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 59,746 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

7.            There are currently 19 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. 85 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
22 FEBRUARY 2021

[1] Case 60102 is a 41 year-old female Singaporean who works as a cabin crew with Singapore Airlines. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 9 February.