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07 May 2021

7th May 2021

      As of 7 May 2021, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified that there are 4 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 21 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 20 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

4

 

1

3

 

2

2

Cases residing in dormitories

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

Imported cases

21

 

21

0

 

3

18

Total

25

 

 

 

 

 

 


2.     
Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 35 cases in the week before to 43 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 6 cases in the week before to 9 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 166 confirmed cases reported from 1 May to 7 May, 52 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 82 have tested negative, and 32 serology test results are pending.

Case Details

There are 4 cases in the community today, of whom 1 is linked to a previous case and 3 are currently unlinked. 

a)  Cases in the community: 4

Case 62906

Case 62906 is a 58 year-old male Singaporean who is currently unemployed. He is a family member and household contact of Cases 62824[1] and 62877[2].

As he had been identified as a close contact of Case 62824, he was placed on quarantine on 4 May. The next day, he developed chills at night, and reported his symptoms. He then developed a fever on 6 May, and was tested for COVID-19 infection. His test result came back positive on the same day, and he was conveyed in an ambulance to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. His serology test result is negative. 

Case 62894

Case 62894 is a 48 year-old male Singapore Permanent Resident who works as a senior executive at IGWT Pte Ltd (8 Shenton Way) but he has largely been working from home. His work entails boarding shipping vessels periodically, and he last boarded one on 1 March. 

He had been in Russia from 30 October 2020 to 30 January 2021, and served SHN at a dedicated facility until 13 February. His test taken on 12 February during SHN was negative for COVID-19. He is asymptomatic, and was detected when he was tested on 5 May as part of our testing protocol for shore-based personnel boarding vessels. His test result came back positive the next day, and he was conveyed in an ambulance to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. His serology test result is pending. 

His Ct value was very high, which is indicative of a low viral load and he could be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA from a past infection which are no longer transmissible and infective to others. However given that we are not able to definitively conclude when he had been infected, we will take all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure. 

Case 62925

Case 62925 is a 72 year-old male Singaporean who is a retiree. 

On 5 May, he was conveyed to Raffles Hospital for a heart condition, and was tested for COVID-19 the next day even though he is asymptomatic. His test result came back positive on 7 May. His Ct value was very high and his serology test result has come back positive. He could be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA from a past infection which are no longer transmissible and infective to others, but given that we are not able to definitively conclude when he had been infected, we will take all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure. Case 62925received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 22 February, and the second dose on 15 March.

He routinely visits Tan Tock Seng Hospital Eye Centre for an eye condition, and his last visit was on 23 April. He had not been at any of the affected wards. Our investigations so far have found no evidence that he is linked to the Case 62541 cluster. Epidemiological investigations are ongoing. 

Case 62933

Case 62933 is a 53 year-old female Singaporean who works as a cleaner at Park Avenue Rochester (31 Rochester Drive), an SHN dedicated facility. Her work does not entail interacting with the guests on SHN at the hotel. 

She developed a runny nose and sore throat at the end of her work day on 5 May, and fever the next day. She sought medical treatment at a General Practitioner clinic and was tested for COVID-19. Her test result came back positive on 7 May, and she was conveyed to Singapore General Hospitalin an ambulance. Her earlier tests from RRT – the last being on 29 March – were all negative for COVID-19 infection. Her serological test result is pending. Case 62933 received her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 24 January, and the second dose on 16 February.

b) Cases residing in dormitories: 0

There are no cases residing in dormitories today. 

c)  Imported cases: 21

Amongst the 21 imported cases, 

  •  4 (Cases 62896, 62914, 62929 and 62931) are Singaporeans and 11 (Cases 62899, 62900, 62901, 62902, 62907, 62909, 62915, 62916, 62917, 62918 and 62930) are Singapore Permanent Residents who returned from India.
  • 2 (Cases 62913 and 62932) are Work Pass holders who arrived from Germany and the Maldives.
  • 3 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, Myanmar and the Philippines, of whom 1 (Case 62892) is a foreign domestic worker.
  • 1 (Case 62904) is a Short-Term Visit Pass holder who arrived from India for her upcoming marriage to her Singaporean fiancé.

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[3].

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.     33 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 60,906 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

7.     
There are currently 138 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and 2 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 236 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
7 MAY 2021



[1] Case 62824 is a 59 year-old male Singaporean who is works as a trailer truck driver at Brani Terminal and Pasir Panjang Terminal. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 4 May.

[2]. Case 62877 is a 22 year-old male Singapore Permanent Resident who is a full-time National Serviceman with the Singapore Armed Forces and household contact of Case 62824. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 6 May.

[3] 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.