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21 Feb 2021

21st Feb 2021

      As of 21 February 2021, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified that there are no new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. There are 11 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst the new cases today, 10 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

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

Cases residing in dormitories

0

 

0

0

 

0

0

Imported cases

11

 

11

0

 

1

10

Total

11

 

 

 

 

 

 


2.   Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 7 cases in the week before to 1 case in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 4 cases in the week before to 1 case 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 69 confirmed cases reported from 15 February to 21 February, 43 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 11 have tested negative, and 15 serology test results are pending.

Case Details

a)  Cases in the community: 0

There are no cases in the community today.

b)  Cases residing in dormitories: 0

There are no cases residing in dormitories today.

c)   Imported cases: 11

Amongst the 11 imported cases,

  • 2 (Cases 60370 and 60371) are Singaporeans and 1 (Case 60358) is a Singapore Permanent Resident who returned from India and Nepal.
  • 3 (Cases 60362, 60378 and 60386) are Dependant’s Pass holders who arrived from India and the UAE.
  • 1 (Case 60366) is a Long-Term Visit Pass holder who arrived from Myanmar.
  • 1 (Case 60364) is a Work Pass holder who arrived from Mexico.
  • 3 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India and Indonesia, of whom 1 (Case 60383) is a foreign domestic worker.

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.

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.

6.   We are investigating a Malaysian truck driver who works as a freelance deliveryman and was denied entry into Singapore on 18 February after testing positive for COVID-19 for an antigen rapid test (ART) at Woodlands Checkpoint. His polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 19 February. His previous trip to Singapore was on 8 February, when he tested negative for COVID-19 for his ART at the Checkpoint. Our investigations found that he had visited Resorts World Sentosa Casino on 9 February before departing for Malaysia on the same day. While he is not included in the case count as he had not been allowed entry into Singapore after his positive ART test, we will take all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure, including placing all identified close contacts on quarantine.

7.    Malaysian truck drivers are not allowed to mingle in the community other than for delivery purposes and are not to stay overnight. Investigations are ongoing to assess if there had been any breach of the relevant prevailing measures.

Update on condition of confirmed cases 

8.   12 more cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 59,731 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

9.    There are currently 22 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. 87 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
21 FEBRUARY 2021