Food courts at Changi Airport T1 & T3 visited by infectious Covid-19 cases in January 2021

The full update.

Siti Hawa | February 01, 2021, 12:18 AM

The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 29 new cases of Covid-19 in Singapore earlier today (Jan. 31).

This brings the total number of cases to 59,536.

There are no new cases of locally-transmitted Covid-19 infection.

29 imported cases

All 29 cases are imported. They arrived from a variety of countries, including India, the UK, Myanmar, Pakistan, the UAE, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Nigeria.

The only Singaporean among the imported cases is a 16-year-old female who arrived from the UK.

Case 59825, a 36-year-old male Singapore Permanent Resident tested positive for Covid-19 when he took a pre-departure test in preparation to leave Singapore for India.

Howwever, he had tested negative for Covid-19 a month earlier after completing his SHN when he returned from a trip to India.

According to the ministry, his test results indicated likely past infection, which is why MOH classified as imported based on his travel history.

"He is likely to be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA, which are no longer transmissible and infective to others," said MOH.

Here is a breakdown of the imported cases:

32 discharged

32 more cases of Covid-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 59,228 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 44 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit. 235 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.

Two new locations visited by infectious cases

MOH regularly updates a list of public places visited by confirmed Covid-19 cases for more than 30 minutes when they were infectious.

Two new locations were added to the list on Jan. 31: Changi Airport Terminal 1 Orchis Food Court and the Kopitiam foodcourt at Changi Airport Terminal 3.

Here is the full list of locations visited by cases in the community during their infectious period in the past 14 days, as of Jan. 31:

Those who had been identified as close contacts of confirmed cases would already have been notified by MOH.

As a precautionary measure, persons who had been at these locations during the specified timings should monitor their health closely for 14 days from their date of visit.

They should see a doctor promptly if they develop symptoms of acute respiratory infection (such as cough, sore throat and runny nose), as well as fever and loss of taste or smell, and inform the doctor of their exposure history.

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