The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 20 new cases of Covid-19 infection today (May 8).
This brings the total number of cases to 61,331.
Seven of the cases announced today are in the community. There are no new cases in the dormitories.
The remaining 13 cases announced today are imported.
Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 37 cases in the week before to 43 cases in the past week.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at 10 cases per week in the past two weeks. MOH will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through its surveillance programme.
Amongst the 152 confirmed cases reported from May 2 to May 8, 49 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 77 have tested negative, and 26 serology test results are pending.
Seven cases in the community
There are seven cases in the community today. Two are linked to previous cases while five are currently unlinked.
Case 62937 is a 40 year-old male Singaporean who is employed by Batamindo Shipping & Warehousing Pte Ltd and deployed as an operations assistant at Keppel Distripark.
He had not been at Pasir Panjang Terminal. He also works part-time as a GrabFood delivery personnel.
He is asymptomatic, and was detected when he was tested on May 4 as part of Rostered Routine Testing (RRT). His pooled test result came back positive for Covid-19 the next day.
He was conveyed to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) on May 6, and an individual test was done. His test result came back positive for Covid-19 infection.
His earlier tests from RRT – the last being on March 14 – were all negative for Covid-19 infection. His serology test result has come back positive but MOH has assessed that this is likely a recent infection.
Case 62940 is a 47 year-old male Work Permit holder who is employed by Ramky Cleantech Services Pte Ltd as a cleaner deployed at Changi Airport Terminal 3.
He is asymptomatic, and was detected when he was tested on May 5 as part of RRT. His pooled test result came back positive for Covid-19 on the same day. He was conveyed to NCID on May 6, and an individual test was done.
His test result came back positive for Covid-19 infection on May 7. His earlier tests from RRT – the last being on April 21 – were all negative for Covid-19 infection.
His serology test result has come back positive but we have assessed that this is likely a recent infection. Case 62940 received his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on January 29, and the second dose on February 19.
Case 62941 is a 18 year-old female Singaporean who is a student at Victoria Junior College (20 Marine Vista), and was last in school on May 5.
She developed flu-like symptoms after school on May 5, and a fever the next day.
She sought medical treatment at a General Practitioner clinic on May 6, where she was tested for Covid-19. Her test result came back positive the next day.
Her serological test result is pending.
As a precautionary measure, MOH will commence a testing operations to test all students, staff, vendors and visitors of Victoria Junior College for Covid-19.
Case 62942 is a 33 year-old male Singaporean who works as a safety coordinator employed by Shimizu Corporation and deployed at Changi Airport Terminal 3.
His work does not entail interaction with passengers.
He was tested for Covid-19 as part of RRT on May 4. He developed a fever after work on May 5, and sought medical treatment at a General Practitioner clinic the next day, where he was tested for Covid-19.
His test result came back positive on May 7, as did his RRT pooled test result, and he was conveyed to NCID. His serology test result has come back negative.
Case 62945 is a 57 year-old male Singaporean who works as an aviation officer at Changi Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. His work entails screen departing and transiting passengers.
He was tested for Covid-19 as part of RRT on May 5, and developed a sore throat in the evening but did not seek medical treatment. He went to work the next day, and his sore throat worsened.
On May 7, his pooled test result came back positive for Covid-19, and an individual swab was taken. His individual test result came back positive on the same day and he was conveyed to NCID in an ambulance.
His earlier tests from RRT – the last being on Apr. 23 – were all negative for Covid-19 infection. His serology test result is pending. Case 62945 received his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Jan. 14, and the second dose on Feb. 4.
Given the recent cases who work at Changi Airport, as a precautionary measure MOH will commence a special testing operations for all staff working at Changi Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, and Jewel.
Case 61822 cluster
Case 62938 is a 27 year-old male Work Permit holder who works as a car groomer at BlackNano Pte Ltd (1 Bukit Batok Crescent), but he does not typically interact with customers. He is a family member and household contact of Cases 628241, 628772, 629063 and 62939.
As he had been identified as a close contact of Case 62824, he was placed on quarantine on May 5. He is asymptomatic, but was tested for Covid-19 on May 6 during quarantine. His test result came back positive the next day. His serology test result is negative.
Case 62939 is a 54 year-old male Singapore Permanent Resident who works as a car mechanic at Jag Technical Services Pte Ltd (209 New Upper Changi Road).
His work entails occasionally going to Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) camps for servicing and repair of vehicles but he did not interact with any SAF personnel. He is a family member and household contact of Cases 62824, 62877, 62906 and 62938.
According to MINDEF, he last visited Clementi Camp on May 4. He had minimal contact with SAF personnel.
No SAF personnel have been identified as close contacts thus far. As part of precautionary measures, the SAF has carried out immediate and thorough disinfection of the premises the affected individual had been in.As he had been identified as a close contact of Case 62824, he was placed on quarantine on May 5. He is asymptomatic, but was tested for Covid-19 on May 6 during quarantine.
His test result came back positive the next day.
His serology test result was negative for the N antigen, which suggests the presence of early infection. Case 62939 received his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on March 6, and the second dose on March 27.
13 imported cases
The 13 imported cases had all already been placed on SHN upon arrival in Singapore and were tested while serving SHN.
Amongst the 13 imported cases,
- Six (Cases 62946, 62949, 62951, 62952, 62953, 62954) are Singaporeans and three (Cases 62943, 62947 and 62962) are Singapore Permanent Residents who returned from Canada, India and Indonesia.
- One (Case 62935) is a Dependant’s Pass holder who arrived from Canada.
Two are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh and Indonesia, of whom one (Case 62968) is a foreign domestic worker.
- One (Case 62944) is a Short-Term Visit Pass holder who is a sea crew. He arrived onboard a vessel from Malaysia and was tested for Covid-19. He had not disembarked except to go for Covid-19 testing, and was conveyed to the hospital when his result came back positive.
The arrivals from the Indian sub-continent had already come into Singapore before the restrictions on travel were imposed.
Over 10 new locations added to list of places 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.
More than 10 new locations were added to the list on May 8.
These locations include, among others:
- Marsiling Market on April 24 and 25,
- Newton Food Centre on April 24,
- Haidilao Hot Pot at 313 Somerset on April 25,
- Marsiling Mall Hawker Centre on April 26, 27 and 28,
- Sheng Siong supermarket at 209 New Upper Changi Road on April 29,
- Food Inn Eating House at 2 Clementi Loop on April 29, and
- Cathay Cineplex Hall 6 at JEM on May 1.
Here is the full list of locations visited by cases in the community during their infectious period in the past 14 days, as of May 8:
133 remain in hospitals
Six more cases of Covid-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 60,912 have fully recovered from the infection.
There are currently 133 confirmed cases who are still in the hospital, most of whom are stable or improving.
Two are in the intensive care unit (ICU).
255 cases who have mild symptoms or who are clinically well, but still test positive for Covid-19 are isolated and cared for at community facilities.
31 have passed away from complications due to Covid-19 infection.
Top Photo by Zhangxin Zheng