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07 Jan 2021

7th Jan 2021

      As of 7 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 31 imported cases, of whom 30 had been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 30 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while 3 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

2

0

2

2

0

Cases residing in dormitories

0

0

0

0

0

Imported cases

31

31

0

1

30

Total

33







2.     Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 7 cases in the week before to 9 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 3 cases in the week before to 6 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 59059

Case 59059, a 43 year-old female Malaysian, is a Work Permit holder who works at Azur at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (75 Airport Boulevard). Her job entails delivering pre-packed meals to air crew and hotel guests. She does not interact with diners at Azur. 

She developed symptoms while at work on 3 January, and sought medical treatment at a general practitioner clinic on 5 January where she was tested for COVID-19 under our enhanced community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection (ARI) at first presentation to a doctor. Her result came back positive for COVID-19 infection the next day, and she was conveyed in an ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. 

Her serological test result has come back negative, indicating that this is likely a current infection. Preliminary investigations reveal that she is probably not infected with the B117 strain. Her earlier tests from Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) – the last being on 31 December – had been negative for COVID-19 infection. 

Case 59069

Case 59069 is a 63 year-old male Singaporean who works as a cargo operator at AirMark Aviation (S) Pte Ltd, and is based at Dnata Cargo Centre (45 Airport Cargo Road). He mainly handles loading and unloading of cargo for My Indo Airlines, and does not interact with flight passengers. 

He developed ARI symptoms on 4 January, and sought treatment at Changi General Hospital on 6 January. He was confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 infection on the same day, and was warded. His serological test result is pending. Prior to hospitalisation, he had gone to work after symptoms onset. 

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: 31

Amongst the 31 imported cases, 

-  4 (Cases 59040, 59056, 59057 and 59060) are Singaporeans and 3 (Cases 59064, 59065 and 59068) are Singapore Permanent Residents who returned from India, Indonesia, UAE, US and UK.
-  3 (Cases 59038, 59063 and 59066) are Dependant’s Pass holders who arrived from India. 
-  2 (Cases 59035 and 59037) are Work Pass holders who arrived from India and UAE. 
-  19 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Myanmar, of whom 12 (Cases 59045, 59046, 59047, 59048, 59049, 59050, 59051, 59052, 59053, 59054, 59058 and 59061) are foreign domestic workers.

All cases, except Case 59042, had been placed on SHN upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN.

Case 59042 arrived from Bangladesh on 22 December but could not clear immigration due to incomplete documentation. He was held at a facility located at the airport’s transit area until 24 December, when the issues were resolved, and subsequently conveyed to a dedicated SHN facility. 

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

Closure of Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

4.     MOH is investigating 2 recent unlinked cases (Cases 59028and 59059) who work at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport. From our preliminary investigations, we cannot exclude that transmissions could have occurred at the hotel. As a precautionary measure, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport will be closed for 14 days from 8 January to 21 January 2021. The hotel will stop accepting new guests, and foreign air crew and guests currently staying at the hotel will be checked out progressively. Incoming air crew will be housed in alternative facilities. Restaurant and event spaces within the hotel will also be closed. 

5.     During its closure, deep cleaning and disinfection will be carried out by the hotel, in consultation with MOH and the National Environment Agency. MOH has also commenced a special testing operations to test all staff working at the hotel for COVID-19 infection.

Update on condition of confirmed cases

6.     21 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 58,562 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities. 

7.     There are currently 61 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. 161 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
7 JANUARY 2021


1 Case 59028, a 24 year-old male Korean national, is a Work Permit holder who works at Azur at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 5 January.