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14 Feb 2020

14th Feb 2020

                Two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection have been discharged from hospital today (Cases 30 and 45). In all, 17 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospital.

2.            As of 14 February 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified nine additional cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore. Of these, six are linked to the cluster at Grace Assembly of God and one is linked to a previous case. Contact tracing of the other two cases is underway to establish any links to previous cases or travel history to China.

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.

  • Cases 8 and 9, as well as Cases 31, 33 and 38, are linked to The Life Church and Missions Singapore (146B Paya Lebar Road). This is a possible cluster involving five cases (Cases 8, 9, 31, 33 and 38).

  • Nine of the confirmed cases (Cases 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 34 and 40) are linked to the cluster associated with Yong Thai Hang (24 Cavan Road).

  • Three of the confirmed cases (Cases 30, 36 and 39) are linked to the private business meeting held at Grand Hyatt Singapore from 20 to 22 January.

  • Four of the confirmed cases (Cases 42, 47, 52 and 56) are linked to the Seletar Aerospace Heights construction site.

  • Thirteen of the confirmed cases (Cases 48, 49, 51, 53, 54, 57 and 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 66, 67) are linked to the Grace Assembly of God.

Investigations on these clusters are ongoing. 

4.        Contact tracing is underway for the other nine locally transmitted cases to establish any links to previous cases or travel history to mainland China. Case 44 was a contact of Cases 13 and 26. Case 65 is linked to Cases 50 and 55.

About the confirmed cases 

Case 59

5.        Case 59 is a 61 year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. He is currently warded in an isolation room at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).


6.           He reported onset of symptoms on 7 February and sought treatment at Farrer Park Hospital’s emergency care clinic on 10 February. He went to the emergency department at Mount Elizabeth Hospital on 12 February and was conveyed by ambulance to NCID on 13 February. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 13 February afternoon.

7.            Prior to hospital admission, he had mostly stayed home at Wilkinson Road except to seek medical treatment. He works at a private hospital in Singapore, and was not at work since the onset of symptoms. He has no known interactions with past cases. 

Case 60

8.          Case 60 is a 51 year-old female Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. She is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. She is linked to the cluster at Grace Assembly of God.


9.            She reported onset of symptoms on 8 February and sought treatment at a general practitioner (GP) clinic on the same day. She went to NCID on 12 February and was immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 13 February afternoon.

10.            Prior to hospital admission, she had mostly stayed at her home at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 and went to work at Grace Assembly of God (Tanglin). 

Case 61

11.           Case 61 is a 57 year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. He is currently warded in an isolation room at the National University Hospital (NUH). He is linked to the cluster at Grace Assembly of God.

12.           He reported onset of symptoms on 6 February, and sought treatment at a GP clinic on the same day and again on 8 February. He went to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital on 9 February and Pioneer Polyclinic on 11 February and 12 February. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 13 February afternoon.

13.          Prior to hospital admission, he reported that he had mostly stayed at home at Jurong West Street 64, except to go to work for a day at Legacy Office Supplies Pte Ltd (56 Senang Crescent).

Case 62

14.             Case 62 is a 44 year-old female Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. She is currently warded in an isolation room at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). She is linked to the cluster at Grace Assembly of God.

15.             She reported onset of symptoms on 9 February, and sought treatment at a GP clinic the next day. She went to SGH on 12 February and was immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 13 February afternoon.

16.          Prior to hospital admission, she reported that he had mostly stayed at home at Tanjong Pagar Road, except to seek medical treatment.

Cases 63 to 67

17.         MOH has initiated epidemiological investigations and contact tracing to identify individuals who had close contact with the following cases who were confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 14 February morning. 

  • Case 63: 54 year-old female Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. She is linked to the cluster at Grace Assembly of God.
  • Case 64: 50 year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. 
  • Case 65: 61 year-old female Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. She is a family member of Case 50 and Case 55. 
  • Case 66: 28 year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. He is linked to the cluster at Grace Assembly of God.
  • Case 67: 56 year-old female Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. She is linked to the cluster at Grace Assembly of God, and is a family member of Case 61. 

Case 54 (Announced on 13 February)


18.            Case 54 is a 55 year-old female Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. She is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. She works at Grace Assembly of God (Tanglin) (355 Tanglin Road).

19.           She reported onset of symptoms on 10 February and had sought treatment at a GP clinic the next day. She went to NCID on 12 February and was subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 infection on 13 February morning.

20.           Prior to hospital admission, she had mostly stayed at her home at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, except to seek medical treatment .

Case 55 (Announced on 13 February)

21.         Case 55 is a 30 year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. He is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. He is a family member of Case 50.

22.           He reported onset of symptoms on 30 January and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on the same day, and again on 3 February. He went to NCID on 12 February and was subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 infection on 13 February morning.

23.             Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work at Pulau Bukom and attended mass at the Church of Christ the King (2221 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8). He stays at Mei Hwan Drive. 

Case 56 (Announced on 13 February)

24.             Case 56 is a 30 year-old male Bangladesh national with no recent travel history to China. He is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. He is linked to the cluster at the Seletar Aerospace Heights construction site.

25.            He had been identified as a close contact of Case 47, and was quarantined. He reported onset of symptoms on 12 February and was brought to Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he was immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 13 February morning.

26.        Prior to hospital admission, he had been quarantined at a government quarantine facility.

Case 57 (Announced on 13 February)

27.           Case 57 is a 26 year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. He is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. He is linked to the cluster at Grace Assembly of God.

28.           He reported onset of symptoms on 11 February and had gone to NCID on the same day where he was immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 13 February morning.

29.           Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work at Grace Assembly of God, and stays at Senja Road. 

Case 58 (Announced on 13 February)

30.            Case 58 is a 55 year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. He is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. He is linked to the cluster at Grace Assembly of God.

31.              He reported onset of symptoms on 10 February and went to NCID on 12 February. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 13 February morning.

32.              Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work at Grace Assembly of God, and stays at Jalan Kelichap. 

Update on condition of confirmed cases

33.            To date, a total of 17 cases have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospital. Of the 50 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving. Six are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. 

Update on suspect cases

34.            As of 14 February 2020, 12pm, 764 of the suspect cases have tested negative for COVID-19, and 67 have tested positive. Test results for the remaining 91 cases are pending. 

Update on contact tracing for confirmed cases

35.           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.

36.            As of 13 February 2020, 12pm, MOH has identified 1368 close contacts. Of the 1247 who are still in Singapore, 1234 have been contacted and are being quarantined or isolated. Efforts are ongoing to contact the remaining 13 close contacts.

Health advisory

37.         Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel to Hubei Province and all non-essential travel to Mainland China.

38.          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.

39.         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.

     

40.          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.