3 unlinked Covid-19 community cases include part-time Starbucks barista & Ng Teng Fong Hospital staff

Three unlinked cases.

Zhangxin Zheng | May 11, 2021, 11:56 PM

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) has reported 25 new cases of Covid-19 infection in Singapore on May 11.

This brings the total number of cases to 61,403.

There are 13 new cases in the community, of whom 10 are linked to previous cases. Amongst them, eight had already been placed on quarantine earlier.

There are no new cases in the dormitories.

There are also 12 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst them, five are Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents.

Amongst the new cases today, 13 are asymptomatic while 12 were symptomatic.

3 unlinked cases in the community

In the evening update, MOH said that the three unlinked cases in the community include a manufacturing operator, an IT support staff who also works part-time as a barista at Starbucks at Plaza Singapura, as well as an operating theatre technician at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

Here are the details:

Case 63068: 27-year-old manufacturing operator

Case 63068 is a 27-year-old Malaysian man who works as a manufacturing operator at Siltronic Singapore Pte Ltd.

He had not gone to work after onset of symptoms. On May 6, he developed body aches and sought medical treatment at a General Practitioner (GP) clinic on the same day. He was given two days’ medical leave.

He developed a fever and cough on May 8, and sought treatment at another GP clinic at night. He was tested for Covid-19 the next day, and his result came back positive on May 10. His serology test result is negative.

Case 63069: IT support staff who is also a part-time barista

Case 63069 is a 50-year-old male Singapore Permanent Resident who works as an IT support staff at Kulicke & Soffa Pte Ltd. He also works part-time as a barista at Starbucks at Plaza Singapura and a general worker at LBC Express at Lucky Plaza.

He developed a cough and shortness of breath on May 6 but did not seek medical treatment.

On May 8 night, as his symptoms had persisted, he went to a GP clinic where he was tested for Covid-19 infection the next day. His test result came back positive on May 10. His serology test result is negative.

Case 63069 received his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on April 24 and has not received his second dose.

Case 63073: Ng Teng Fong General Hospital staff

Case 63073 is a 42-year-old Malaysian man who works as an operating theatre technician at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

He returned to Singapore on January 10 after a trip to Malaysia, and served Stay-Home Notice (SHN) until January 24. His test taken on January 23 during SHN was negative for COVID-19.

He developed a cough on April 21 but did not seek medical treatment. His cough worsened and on May 10, he sought medical treatment at the hospital’s staff clinic, where he was tested for Covid-19.

His test result came back positive on the same day. His Ct value was very high, which is indicative of a low viral load and his serology test result has come back positive. He could be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA from a past infection which are no longer transmissible and infective to others.

However given that MOH is not able to definitively conclude when he had been infected, the ministry is taking all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure.

The hospital informed members of the public on Facebook that the technician's household contacts have been swabbed as a precaution. Areas where he had visited in the hospital have already been disinfected as well.

Locations visited by cases in the community during infectious period

12 new locations (highlighted in yellow) were added to the public places visited by cases in the community when they are infectious.

Public places marked with * were visited by cases linked to the Tan Tock Seng Hospital cluster during their likely infectious period.

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 are urged to 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.

MOH adds that there is no need to avoid these places as the National Environment Agency will engage the management of affected premises to provide guidance on cleaning and disinfection.

Here's the full list:

Other updates on confirmed cases

22 more cases of Covid-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.

A total of 60,975 people have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There are currently 144 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and three are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

253 people 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.

Details of the other 10 community cases that are linked to previous cases here:

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