Sole Covid-19 community case on May 5 linked to other cases working at Pasir Panjang Terminal

MOH will carry out special testing operations to test port workers employed by PSA Singapore who had been deployed at Pasir Panjang Terminal.

Ashley Tan | May 06, 2021, 12:46 AM

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 16 new cases of Covid-19 in Singapore on Wednesday (May 5).

This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 61,268.

Among the new cases, one is in the community and 15 are imported.

One community case

There is one case in the community today, who is linked to previous cases.

Case 62824 is a 59 year-old male Singaporean employed by GKE Express Logistics Pte Ltd as a trailer truck driver at Brani Terminal and Pasir Panjang Terminal. He was last at work on May 1.

He developed a fever and sore throat on May 2, and remained at home. The next day, he sought medical treatment at a General Practitioner clinic and was tested for Covid-19.

His result came back positive for Covid-19 on May 4, and he was conveyed in an ambulance to Alexandra Hospital. His serology test result is pending.

MOH's investigations found that Cases 61822, 62684, 62691 and 62824 had been at Pasir Panjang Terminal for work, and transmission could have occurred at the Terminal.

Further epidemiological investigations are ongoing.

As a precautionary measure, MOH will carry out special testing operations to test port workers employed by PSA Singapore who had been deployed at Pasir Panjang Terminal.

15 imported cases

MOH also reported 15 imported cases on May 5.

They have all been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore.

Among the imported cases:

  • Five (Cases 62821, 62825, 62827, 62828 and 62838) are Singaporeans and two (Cases 62822 and 62830) are Singapore Permanent Residents who returned from India, Indonesia, Thailand, the UK and U.S.
  • One (Case 62826) is a Dependant’s Pass holder who arrived from India, and who has a Singaporean family member.
  • Two (Cases 62829 and 62831) are Student’s Pass holders who arrived from India and Myanmar. They were already studying in Singapore before, and had returned to their home country, or had been emplaced on their course earlier.
  • Three (Cases 62823, 62834 and 62837) are Work Pass holders who arrived from the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
  • Two are Work Permit holders who arrived from the Philippines and Sri Lanka, of whom one (Case 62833) is a foreign domestic worker.

They had all already been placed on SHN upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN.

The arrivals from the Indian sub-continent had already come in to Singapore before the restrictions on travel were imposed, according to MOH, who confirmed that this refers to the April 23 border tightening measures.

21 more discharged

21 more cases of Covid-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 60,844 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 131 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and two are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

262 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.

31 have passed away from complications due to Covid-19 infection.

Four new locations

MOH also regularly updates a list of public places visited by confirmed cases for more than 30 minutes during their infectious period.

There are four new locations reported today. Here are the new locations:

  • POSB at Kaki Bukit Recreation Centre (7 Kaki Bukit Avenue 3)
  • Chinatown Complex Food Centre (335 Smith Street)
  • Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre (448 Clementi Avenue 3)
  • ST 11 Coffee House (167 Woodlands Street 11)

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