12 new COVID cases in Singapore, 3 in community

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·5 min read
A pedestrian wearing a protective mask crosses a street decorated with Chinese zodiac lanterns at Chinatown on February 9, 2021 in Singapore.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A pedestrian wearing a protective mask crosses a street decorated with Chinese zodiac lanterns at Chinatown on 9 February, 2021 in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 12 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Thursday (11 February), taking the country’s total case count to 59,759.

Three of them are community cases, while the remaining nine are imported.

“Amongst the new cases today, seven are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while five were symptomatic,” said the MOH.

Father-son pair did not seek medical treatment despite symptoms

Among the three community cases is a 66-year-old male permanent resident who works as a stall owner of a sundry shop at Chinatown Complex.

He developed a dry cough on 28 January and anosmia – partial or complete loss of the sense of smell – on 9 February but did not seek medical attention.

He was subsequently detected from our community surveillance testing of stallholders and shop owners in Chinatown on 9 February.

His test result came back positive for COVID-19 the next day, and he was conveyed in an ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). His serology test result has come back negative, indicating that he is likely having a current infection.

The second community case is his son, a 32-year-old Singaporean man who works part-time as a waiter at Swensen’s located at Changi Airport Terminal 3.

The younger man was last at work on 8 February. He developed a runny nose on the same day after work but did not seek medical treatment.

As he had been identified as a close contact of his father, he was contacted by the MOH on 10 February and placed on quarantine.

He reported his symptoms and was conveyed to the NCID where he was tested for COVID-19 on the same day.

His test came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 11 February. His serology test result has come back negative, indicating that he is likely having a current infection.

The MOH noted that the father-son pair do not use the TraceTogether App, and while they both have TraceTogether tokens, they did not carry their tokens with them.

“Individuals are reminded to turn on their TraceTogether App or carry their TraceTogether token at all times so that we can quickly identify and isolate the close contacts of COVID-19 cases, and limit further infections.” the ministry added.

The last community case on Thursday is a 20-year-old Singaporean man who is a full-time national serviceman.

He works at the Singapore Armed Forces premises at 200 Airport Road, but does not stay in camp, and his work does not entail interacting with other units.

He felt unwell on 3 February, and sought medical treatment at a general practitioner clinic.

As he did not have symptoms associated with acute respiratory infection, he was not tested for COVID-19 but was placed on medical leave.

He subsequently went back to work on 8 February, and on 9 February, he developed a fever and a runny nose.

He sought medical treatment at the medical centre located at Paya Lebar Airbase and was swabbed.

His test result came back positive for COVID-19 the next day, and he was conveyed in an ambulance to the NCID. His serology test result has come back negative, indicating that he is likely having a current infection.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has increased from three in the week before to seven in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from two in the week before to six in the past week.

Several places were also added to the list of public venues visited by community cases while they were infectious. They include Chinatown Complex, Bukit Panjang Plaza, City Square Mall and Plaza Singapura.

9 imported cases, including 5-year-old girl

Of the imported cases, one is a Singaporean and another is a PR – a five-year-old girl – who returned from Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.

Another case is a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from the Maldives, while another is a work pass holder who arrived from the United Arab Emirates.

Four of the cases are work permit holders who arrived from Indonesia and Myanmar, of whom two are foreign domestic workers.

One of them is a short-term visit pass holder who arrived from India to visit his family member who is a PR.

All imported cases were placed on the stay-home notice upon their arrival here and were tested while serving their notices.

99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICU

With 32 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Thursday, 59,558 cases – or 99.6 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 33 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and one in the intensive care unit.

A total of 139 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from 29 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 15 others who tested positive for the virus were determined to have died from unrelated causes, including three whose deaths were attributed to a heart attack and another four, whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.

Amongst the 135 confirmed cases reported from 5 to 11 February, 77 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 37 have tested negative, and 21 serology test results are pending.

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