Covid-19: 16 of 39 imported cases have travel history to UK, 12 of them aged 30 & below

Many of the UK cases are likely to be returning S'porean students.

Matthias Ang | March 21, 2020, 08:48 PM

The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced 47 new cases of Covid-19 in Singapore on March 21.

Of these cases, 39 are imported, with 16 of them having a travel history to the UK.

They are Cases 390, 393, 399, 400, 401, 405, 410, 411, 412, 416 ,417, 420, 421, 428, 429 and 431.

With the exception of case 417 who is a long-term pass holder from France, all of the imported cases from the UK are Singapore citizens.

How many Covid-19 cases does the UK have?

3,983 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK, while 177 people have died.

The Evening Standard reported that the figure is expected to exceed 4,000, once the UK government gives an update for Mar. 21.

Majority of the UK cases are 30 and below

Only two of the 16 cases -- 400 and 431 -- are above 50 years old, at 56 and 58 respectively.

Case 390 is 35 years old, while Case 429, who had travelled to both Germany and the UK, is 31 years old.

The remaining 12 cases are aged 30 and below, with the youngest being 18 years old.

This suggests that they are likely to be students or young working adults.

Here is the breakdown of their ages:

  • Case 393 (21 years old),
  • Case 399 (23 years old),
  • Case 401 (20 years old),
  • Case 405 (25 years old),
  • Case 410 (20 years old),
  • Case 411 (30 years old),
  • Case 412 (19 years old),
  • Case 416 (21 years old),
  • Case 417, (18 years old),
  • Case 420 (21 years old),
  • Case 421 (23 years old),
  • Case 428 (22 years old).

With the exception of case 417 who is a Long-Term Pass Holder from France, all of the imported cases from the UK are Singapore citizens.

Young are not immune to Covid-19

On Mar. 20, the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that young people are not spared from Covid-19 outbreak.

He added that data from several countries showed that people under 50 also make up a significant proportion of patients that require hospitalisation.

Tedros was echoed by President Halimah Yacob who stated in her Facebook post that no age group is invincible.

She added that the virus infects everyone except that older people are more vulnerable because of lower immunities and pre-existing conditions.

She also said that infected young people can spread the infection to others who are more vulnerable.

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