Malaysian national among four new confirmed cases of Covid-19 announced

She is the first Malaysian national mentioned by MOH.

Jane Zhang| February 18, 09:13 PM

A Malaysian woman, 35, was among the four new cases announced by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Malaysian national working in Singapore

She is Case 79, and is a work pass holder with no recent travel history to China.

She is a family member of Case 72, a 40-year-old male Chinese national who is also a work pass holder in Singapore with no recent travel history to China.

He tested positive for Covid-19 on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 15.

As Case 79 was identified as a close contact of Case 72, she was placed on home quarantine on Feb. 15.

This was three days after she reported onset of symptoms, on Feb. 12.

On Feb. 17, she was conveyed via ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), and tested positive for Covid-19 on the afternoon of the same day.

She is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

She was working at FoodXchange @ Admiralty prior to being served her quarantine order, and her job did not entail food handling.

Both her and Case 72 connected to case 59

Case 72 was identified as a non-medical contact of Case 59, a 61-year-old Singapore citizen who worked at a private hospital in Singapore.

He was confirmed to have Covid-19 infection on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 13.

He reported onset of symptoms on Feb. 7 and sought treatment at Farrer Park Hospital's emergency care clinic three days later, on Feb. 10.

He then went to the emergency department at Mount Elizabeth Hospital on Feb. 12, before being conveyed by ambulance to NCID on Feb. 13.

Prior to being admitted to the hospital, he had mostly stayed at his home at Wilkinson Road, other than to seek medical treatment.

Prior to his link to Case 72, and subsequently Case 79, he had no known interactions with past cases.

A previous Malaysian case linked to S'pore

Aside from Case 79, a 41-year old man was one of the first Malaysians to have tested positive for Covid-19.

He developed symptoms following his visit to Singapore from Jan. 16 to Jan. 23 for a business meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

His sister and mother-in-law were subsequently diagnosed with Covid-19.

He was discharged from the hospital yesterday (Feb.17), after testing positive for the virus on Feb.3.

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