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16 May 2021

15th May 2021

      As of 15 May 2021, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified that there are 19 new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection, of whom 17 are linked to previous cases, and 2 are currently unlinked. Amongst them, 11 had already been placed on quarantine earlier. The cases are 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, 18 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while 13 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

19

 

11

8

 

13

6

Cases residing in dormitories

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

Imported cases

12

 

12

0

 

0

12

Total

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.     Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 43 cases in the week before to 103 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 6 cases in the week before to 16 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 205 confirmed cases reported from 9 May to 15 May, 68 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 111 have tested negative, and 26 serology test results are pending.

Case Details

a)   
Cases in the community: 19


There are 19 cases in the community today, of whom 17 are linked to previous cases and 2 are currently unlinked. 

Case 63236

Case 63236 is a 53 year-old male Singaporean who works as a personal chauffeur. He developed a sore throat on 12 May, and a fever the next day. He sought medical treatment at a General Practitioner (GP) clinic on 13 May, where he was tested for COVID-19. His test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection the next day. His serology test result is negative. He has tested preliminarily positive for the B.1.617 variant, and is pending further confirmatory tests.

Case 63237

Case 63237 is a 49 year-old male Singaporean who is currently unemployed. He developed a sore throat on 12 May evening, and sought medical treatment at a GP clinic the next day, where he was tested for COVID-19. His test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 14 May. His serology test result is pending. Case 63237 received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 10 May.

Case 63241

Case 63241 is a 55 year-old female Singaporean who is a homemaker. She is a family member and household contact of Case 63166[1]. She developed a fever, sore throat and cough on 12 May but did not seek medical treatment. As she had been identified as a close contact of Case 63166, she was placed on quarantine on 13 May, and tested for COVID-19 on the same day. Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 14 May. Her serology test result is pending.

Case 63249

Case 63249 is a 70 year-old male Singaporean who is a retiree. He is a family member and household contact of Case 63183[2]. He had pneumonia on 6 May and recovered, but developed a cough on 13 May, and was placed on quarantine on the same day as he had been identified as a close contact of Case 63183. He reported his symptom, and was tested for COVID-19 that night. His test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 14 May. His serology test result is negative. 

Case 63253

Case 63253 is a 32 year-old male Singaporean who is an inmate at Changi Prison Complex. He is a close contact of Case 63160[3] and was placed on quarantine on 13 May. He is asymptomatic, and was detected when he was tested for COVID-19 on the same day. His test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 14 May.

Case 63131[4] Cluster 

Case 63251

Case 63251 is a 41 year-old male Singaporean who works as a sales personnel at Aero Light Pte Ltd. He is a family member and household contact of Case 63187[5], and was paced on quarantine on 12 May. He was tested for COVID-19 the next day, and his test result came back positive on 14 May. On the same day, he developed a runny nose. His serology test result is negative. 

Cases 63259 and 63268

Case 63259 is a 12 year-old male Singaporean, and Case 63268 is an 8 year-old male Singaporean who are siblings, and students at St Andrew’s Junior School. They took the same school bus as Case 63186[6]. Case 63268 developed a fever on 13 May, and sought medical treatment at a GP clinic on the same day, while Case 63259 developed a runny nose on 14 May. Both were tested for COVID-19 on 14 May. On the same day, as they had been identified as close contacts of Case 63186, they were placed on quarantine. Their test results came back positive on 15 May, and their serology test results are pending. 

Case 63096[7] Cluster 

Case 63256

Case 63256 is a 6 year-old male Singaporean who is a student at Palm View Primary School. He is a classmate of Case 63122[8] at EduFirst Learning Centre (Hougang) and was placed on quarantine on 12 May. He is asymptomatic, and was detected when he was tested for COVID-19 on 14 May during quarantine. His test result came back positive the next day. His serology test result is pending. 

Case 63257

Case 63257 is a 7 year-old male Singaporean who is a student at Yio Chu Kang Primary School. He is a schoolmate of Case 63122, and also his classmate at EduFirst Learning Centre (Hougang). He was placed on quarantine on 12 May, and tested for COVID-19 on 14 May during quarantine even though he is asymptomatic. His test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on the same day. His serology test result is pending. 

Case 62541[9] Cluster 

Case 63248

Case 63248 is an 80 year-old female Singaporean who had been warded in Tan Tock Seng Hospital Ward 9D from 5 April, and was transferred to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) on 28 April. She was tested for COVID-19 daily from 2 May and all her test results were negative for COVID-19 infection. On 13 May, she developed a fever, and her test came back positive for COVID-19 infection. Her serology test result is negative.

Case 62873[10] cluster

Case 63235

Case 63235 is a 25 year-old female Malaysia national who works as an assistant cook at Kopitiam located at Changi Airport Terminal 3. She is a close contact of Case 63070[11]. She is asymptomatic, and was detected when she was tested on 13 May as part of our testing operations for workers at Changi Airport Terminal 3. Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection the next day. Her serology test result is negativeShe has tested preliminarily positive for the B.1.617 variant, and is pending further confirmatory tests. 

Case 63238

Case 63238 is a 24 year-old female Singaporean who works as a technology associate at Toronto-Dominion Bank. She is a close contact of Case 63091[12], and was placed on quarantine on 12 May. She is asymptomatic, and was detected when she tested positive on her antigen rapid test (ART) on 13 May during quarantine, and was conveyed to NCID. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was taken on the same day and her test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 14 May. Her serology test result is pending. 

Case 63239

Case 63239 is a 42 year-old female China national who is employed by Ramky Cleantech Services Pte Ltd as a cleaner at Robinson 77. She is a contact of Case 63071[13] and was placed on phone surveillance on 10 May. She developed a fever on 12 May evening, and reported her symptom. She was tested for COVID-19 on 13 May and her result came back positive the next day. Her serology test result is negative.

Case 63240

Case 63240 is a 52 year-old female China national who is employed by Ramky Cleantech Services Pte Ltd as a cleaner at Robinson 77. She is a contact of Case 63071 and was placed on phone surveillance on 11 May. She developed a fever on 12 May, and cough and sore throat the next day. She was tested for COVID-19 on 13 May when she reported her symptoms and her result came back positive on 14 May. Her serology test result is pending. Case 63240 received her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 4 May. 

Cases 63242 and 63243

Case 63242 is a 56 year-old female Singaporean who is a homemaker, and Case 63243 is a 26 year-old male Singaporean who is a freelance photographer. They are family members and household contacts of Case 63178[14]. They both developed a cough and runny nose on 12 May but did not seek medical treatment. As they had been identified as close contacts of Case 63178, they were placed on quarantine on 13 May, and reported their symptoms. They were tested for COVID-19 on the same day, and their test results came back positive on 14 May. Both their serology test results are negative. 

Case 63252

Case 63252 is a 70 year-old female Singaporean who works as an executive at 1FSS Pte Ltd but has been working from home since 30 April. She is a family member and household contact of Case 63195[15]. Shedeveloped a fever and cough on 12 May but did not seek medical treatment. As she had been identified as a close contact of Case 63195, she was placed on quarantine on 14 May, and tested for COVID-19 on the same day. Her test result came back positive on 14 May. Her serology test result is negative. 

Case 63255

Case 63255 is a 52 year-old male Singaporean who is employed by SATS as a customer service officer at Changi Airport Terminals 1 and 3. He is asymptomatic and was detected when he was tested on 12 May as part of Rostered Routine Testing (RRT).His pooled test result came back positive for COVID-19 on 13 May and he was conveyed to hospital for an individual test. His individual test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 14 May. His earlier tests from RRT – the last being on 14 April – were all negative for COVID-19 infection. His serology test result is positive. Case 63255 received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 24 January, and the second dose on 15 February.

Update on Case 62998[16]

Whole genome sequencing and phylogenetic analysis conducted by the National Public Health Laboratory have revealed that Case 62998 is linked to the Case 62873 cluster. Further epidemiological investigations are ongoing to determine how the cases are linked. 

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 63254) is a Singaporean and 6 (Cases 63247, 63263, 63264, 63265, 63266 and 63267) are Singapore Permanent Residents who returned from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
  • 1 (Case 63258) is a Work Pass holder who arrived from Sri Lanka.
  • 4 (Cases 63244, 63260, 63261 and 63262) are Work Permit holders who arrived from Indonesia and the Philippines.

They had all already been placed on SHN upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN. The arrivals from the Indian sub-continent had already come into Singapore before the restrictions on travel were imposed[17]

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, 61,062 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

7.     
There are currently 190 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and 3 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 253 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. 31 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection. 

MINISTRY OF HEALTH
15 MAY 2021


[1] Case 63166 is a 22 year-old male Singaporean who works as a cook at WOK HEY (White Sands). He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 13 May.

[2] Case 63183 is a 70 year-old female Singaporean who is a retiree. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 13 May.

[3] Case 63160 is a 39 year-old male China national who is employed by SATS Food Services Pte Ltd as a chef at Changi Prison Complex. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 13 May.

[4] Case 63131 is a 50 year-old female Singaporean who works as a tutor at Learning Point. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 12 May.

[5] Case 63187 is an 8 year-old male Singaporean who is a student at Kong Hwa School and attended classes at Learning Point. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 14 May. 

[6] Case 63186 is a 9 year-old male Singaporean who is a student at St Andrew’s Junior School, and attended classes at Learning Point. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 13 May.

[7] Case 63096 is a 33 year-old male Philippines national who works as an operating theatre nurse at Sengkang General Hospital. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 11 May.

[8] Case 63122 is a 7 year-old male Philippines national who is a student at Yio Chu Kang Primary School. He is a household contact of Case 63096. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 12 May.

[9] Case 62541 is a 46 year-old nurse at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and is deployed at Ward 9D. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 27 April. 

[10] Case 62873 is an 88 year-old male Singaporean who is employed by Ramky Cleantech Services Pte Ltd as a cleaner at Changi Airport Terminal 3. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 5 May. 

[11] Case 63070 is a 56 year-old male Malaysia national who is a cleaner at Kopitiam at Changi Airport Terminal 3, and Happy Hawkers at 267 Compassvale Link. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 10 May.

[12] Case 63091 is a 24 year-old male Singaporean who is employed by Huawei Enterprise as an IT engineer and works at Changi Airport Terminal 4. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 11 May.

[13] Case 63071 is a 46 year-old female China national who is employed by Ramky Cleantech Services Pte Ltd as a cleaner at Robinson 77. She is a household contact of Case 62971 and was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 10 May.

[14] Case 63178 is a 57 year-old male Singaporean who works as an Immigration and Checkpoints officer at Changi Airport Terminal 3. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 13 May.

[15] Case 63195 is a 67 year-old male Singaporean who is employed by Certis Cisco as an aviation screening officer at Changi Airport Terminal 1. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 14 May. 

[16] Case 62998 is a 40 year-old female Singaporean who works as a risk assessment personnel at Lendlease Pte Ltd. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 8 May.

[17] From 23 April 2021, 2359 hours, all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history (including transit) to India within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or transit through Singapore.From 1 May 2021, 2359 hours, all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history (including transit) to Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or transit through Singapore.