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02 Mar 2020

2nd Mar 2020

               Four more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospital today (Cases 37, 67, 69 and 88). In all, 78 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospital.

2.             As of 2 March 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified two more cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore. Of these, one is linked to the cluster at Wizlearn Technologies Pte Ltd while the other is linked to a previous case.

Links between previous cases found

3.             Further epidemiological investigations and contact tracing have uncovered links between previously announced and new cases. This was made possible with the assistance of the Singapore Police Force.

  • Six of the locally transmitted confirmed cases (Cases 31, 33, 38, 83, 90 and 91), as well as Cases 8 and 9, are linked to The Life Church and Missions Singapore. These six cases are linked to another 23 confirmed cases (Cases 48, 49, 51, 53, 54, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 73, 74, 78, 80, 81, 84, 88) who are linked to the Grace Assembly of God.
  • Nine of the confirmed cases (Cases 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 34 and 40) are linked to Yong Thai Hang.
  • Three of the confirmed cases (Cases 30, 36 and 39) are linked to the business meeting held at Grand Hyatt Singapore from 20 to 22 January.
  • Five of the confirmed cases (Cases 42, 47, 52, 56 and 69) are linked to the Seletar Aerospace Heights construction site.
  • 13 of the confirmed cases (Cases 93, 95, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106 and 108) are linked to Wizlearn Technologies Pte Ltd.

4.             Investigations on these clusters are ongoing. In addition to the clusters, our investigations have identified the following links between cases:

  • Case 44 is linked to Cases 13 and 26;
  • Case 72 is linked to Cases 59 and 79;
  • Case 50 is linked to Cases 55, 65 and 77;
  • Case 75 is linked to Case 41;
  • Case 86 is linked to Case 82; and
  • Case 94 is linked to Cases 96 and 107.

5.             Contact tracing is underway for the other 10 locally transmitted cases to establish any links to previous cases or travel history to mainland China, Daegu or Cheongdo.

About the confirmed cases

Case 107

6.             Case 107 is a 68 year-old female Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to China, Daegu and Cheongdo but had been in Jakarta, Indonesia from 11 February to 14 February. She is currently warded in an isolation room at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). She is linked to Case 94 [1].

7.             She reported onset of symptoms on 16 February and had sought treatment at two general practitioner (GP) clinics on 20 February, 23 February and 25 February. She presented at Tan Tock Seng Hospital on 27 February and was immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 1 March afternoon.

8.             Prior to hospital admission, she had mostly stayed at her home at Bishan Street 13.

Case 108

9.             Case 108 is a 34 year-old female Filipino national who is a Singapore Work Pass holder, and has no recent travel history to China, Daegu and Cheongdo. She is a foreign domestic worker employed by Case 101, and works in the same household as Case 102. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 2 March morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

Case 106 (Announced on 1 March)

10.          Case 106 is a 54 year-old male Japanese national who is a Singapore Work Pass holder, and has no recent travel history to China, Daegu and Cheongdo, or to Japan. He is currently warded in an isolation room at Changi General Hospital (CGH). He is linked to the cluster at Wizlearn Technologies Pte Ltd.

11.          He reported onset of symptoms on 23 February and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on 24 February, 26 February and 28 February. He presented at CGH on 29 February, and was immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 1 March morning.

12.          Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work at WinTech Nano-Technology Services Pte Ltd (10 Science Park Road), which is located on the same floor as Wizlearn Technologies Pte Ltd. He stays at Tampines Street 45.

Update on condition of confirmed cases

13.          To date, a total of 78 cases have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospital. Of the 30 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving. Six are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Update on contact tracing for confirmed cases

14.          Contact tracing for the confirmed cases is ongoing. Once identified, MOH will closely monitor all close contacts. As a precautionary measure, they will be quarantined for 14 days from their last exposure to the patient. In addition, all other identified contacts who have a low risk of being infected will be under active surveillance, and will be contacted daily to monitor their health status.

15.          As of 2 March 2020, 12pm, MOH has identified 3,140 close contacts who have been quarantined. Of these, 335 are currently quarantined, and 2,805 have completed their quarantine.

Health advisory

16.          Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel to Hubei Province and all non-essential travel to mainland China, and Daegu and Cheongdo in the Republic of Korea. MOH also reminds the public to continue to exercise caution when travelling to the rest of the Republic of Korea.

17.          All travellers should monitor their health closely for two weeks upon return to Singapore and seek medical attention promptly if they feel unwell. Travellers should inform their doctor of their travel history. If they have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), they should wear a mask and call the clinic ahead of the visit.

18.          Travellers and members of the public should adopt the following precautions at all times:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
  • Observe good personal hygiene;
  • Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
  • Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath;
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
  • Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.

19.          MOH will continue to monitor the situation closely. As medical practitioners are on the lookout for suspect cases, Singapore is likely to see more cases that will need to be investigated.

 


[1] Case 94 is a 64 year-old female Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to China, Daegu and Cheongdo. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 26 February.