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22 Apr 2021

22nd Apr 2021

1.     As of 22 April 2021, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified that there are 2 new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. Of these, 1 is in the community, and 1 resides in a dormitory. There are 22 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 19 are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while 5 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

1

1

0

1

0

Cases residing in dormitories

1

1

0

0

1

Imported cases

22

22

0

4

18

Total

24


2.     Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 2 cases in the week before to 10 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 1 case 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.

3.     
Amongst the 169 confirmed cases reported from 16 April to 22 April, 63 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 81 have tested negative, and 25 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 62234 is an 11 year-old male Indian national who is a Student’s Pass holder. He is the child of Cases 62045[1] and 62143[2], and a household contact of Case 61536[3]. He is a student at Dimensions International College (58 Lowland Road).

As he had been identified as a close contact of Case 62045, he was placed on home quarantine on 16 April. He was tested for COVID-19 on 17 April and 19 April during quarantine and his test results were negative. On 21 April, he developed a fever and reported his symptom to MOH. Another test was taken, and this time his result came back positive for COVID-19 infection. He was conveyed in an ambulance to the National University Hospital. His serology test result has come back negative, indicating that this is likely a current infection.

b) Cases residing in dormitories: 1

There is 1 case residing in a dormitory today who is linked to a previous case.

Case 62225, a 32 year-old male Bangladesh national, is a Work Permit holder who arrived in Singapore in December 2018. He is employed by Prosper Environmental & Engineering Pte Ltd as a construction supervisor, and works at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard (60 Admiralty Road West). He resides at Westlite Woodlands Dormitory (2 Woodlands Sector 2), and is the roommate of Case 62181[4].

As he had been identified as a close contact of Case 62181, he was placed on quarantine at a government quarantine facility on 19 April. He is asymptomatic, but was tested for COVID-19 on 20 April during quarantine to determine his status. His test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection the next day, and he was conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. His earlier tests from RRT – the last being on 13 April – were all negative for COVID-19 infection. His serology test result is pending.

Case 62225 received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 13 March, and the second dose on 3 April. This likely accounts for his lack of symptoms. The COVID-19 vaccine is effective in preventing symptomatic disease for the vast majority of those vaccinated, but it is possible for vaccinated individuals to get infected. Further research is required to determine if the vaccination will also prevent onward transmission of the infection. This is a reminder that we cannot afford to let our guard down. Our existing key enablers – safe management measures, testing, and contact tracing – continue to be necessary and effective in helping us to mitigate spread and keep community transmission low.

As part of our investigations into Case 62181, MOH and the Ministry of Manpower have commenced a special testing operations to test residents of Westlite Woodlands Dormitory (2 Woodlands Sector 2) for COVID-19. So far, 17 recovered workers were found to be positive for COVID-19. These cases were immediately isolated and conveyed to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. MOH, together with an expert panel which comprises infectious diseases and microbiology experts, is investigating if they are re-infection cases or past infections but shedding fragments of the virus.

c) Imported cases: 22

Amongst the 22 imported cases,
  • 1 (Case 62241) is a Singaporean and 2 (Cases 62245 and 62256) are Singapore Permanent Residents who returned from India, Malaysia and Pakistan.

  • 4 (Cases 62227, 62230, 62236 and 62239) are Dependant’s Pass holders who arrived from India, Sri Lanka and the UAE.

  • 2 (Cases 62254 and 62258) are Student's Pass holders who arrived from India.

  • 3 (Cases 62232, 62235 and 62238) are Work Pass holders who arrived from India and the Maldives.

  • 8 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines, of whom 3 (Cases 62246, 62263 and 62267) are foreign domestic workers.

  • 2 are Short-Term Visit Pass holders. Case 62233 is a sea crew who arrived from India to board a vessel in Singapore and Case 62240 arrived from Ethiopia for a work project in Singapore.

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.

Update on condition of confirmed cases

5.     27 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 60,603 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

6.     There are currently 67 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. 204 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. 30 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH

22 APRIL 2021


[1] Case 62045 is a 41 year-old female Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) who works as an accountant at OM Universal Pte Ltd and was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 16 April.


[2] Case 62143 is a 44 year-old male PR who is the spouse of Case 62045. He works as a manager at Spice Grill Restaurant and Rangoon Bar & Bistro. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 18 April.

[3] Case 61536 is Case 62045’s brother-in-law, and had been identified as a household contact of Cases 62045 and 62143.

[4] Case 62181 is a 35 year-old male Bangladesh national who is employed by Prosper Environmental & Engineering Pte Ltd as a construction supervisor. He works at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard and resides at Westlite Woodlands Dormitory. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 19 April.