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06 Jan 2021

6th Jan 2021

1. As of 6 January 2021, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified that there are 2 new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. The cases are in the community, and there are no new cases in the dormitories. There are 29 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 30 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

2


0

2


1

1

Cases residing in dormitories

0


0

0


0

0

Imported cases

29


29

0


0

29

Total

31








2. Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 2 cases in the week before to 12 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 2 cases in the week before to 5 cases in the past week. 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: 2


There are 2 cases in the community today who are currently unlinked.

Case 59028

Case 59028, a 24 year-old male Korean national, is a Work Permit holder who works at Azur at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (75 Airport Boulevard). His job entails delivering pre-packed meals to air crew and hotel guests. He does not interact with diners at Azur.

He tested positive for a pooled swab during Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) on 2 January, and was tested again on 4 January. On the same day, he started to develop acute respiratory infection (ARI) symptoms. His individual test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 5 January, 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 also tested preliminarily positive for the B117 strain, and is pending further confirmatory tests.

Case 59034

Case 59034 is a 31 year-old male Filipino who arrived from the Philippines on 4 December, and served SHN at a dedicated facility until 18 December. His pre-departure test taken in the Philippines on 1 December was negative for COVID-19 infection, and his test on 14 December during SHN came back negative as well.

He is a Work Permit holder who is employed by Singapore General Hospital (SGH), but has not started work yet. As part of his pre-employment health screening, he was tested for COVID-19 on 5 January even though he is asymptomatic, and his test came back positive. He was subsequently conveyed to SGH in an ambulance. His serological test result has come back positive, which indicates a likely past infection.

Epidemiological investigations are ongoing. In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the cases, including their family members and co-workers, 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: 29

Amongst the 29 imported cases,

• 1 (Case 59025) is a Singaporean and 2 (Cases 59026 and 59033) are Singapore Permanent Residents who returned from UK and India.
• 1 (Case 59006) is a Dependant’s Pass holder who arrived from India.
• 5 (Cases 59003, 59004, 59007, 59008 and 59030) are Work Pass holders who arrived from India, Indonesia and UAE.
• 16 are Work Permit holders who arrived from India, Indonesia and Myanmar, of whom 12 (Cases 59011, 59012, 59013, 59014, 59017, 59018, 59019, 59020, 59021, 59029, 59031 and 59032) are foreign domestic workers.
• 1 (Case 59022) is a sea crew holding a Special Pass who arrived from China on board a vessel. He was swabbed upon arrival in Singapore.
• 3 (Cases 59023, 59024 and 59027) are Short-Term Visit Pass holders. Cases 59023 and 59024 arrived from the Philippines and Japan respectively for work projects here. They were swabbed upon arrival in Singapore and isolated while awaiting their test results. Case 59027 is here to visit her Singaporean spouse.

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

3. 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

4. 24 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 58,541 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

5. There are currently 64 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. 146 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 JANUARY 2021