COVID-19: No new cases as of noon on 23 Feb, 2 more discharged

Medical staff prepare pre screening procedure at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases building at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore on 31 January. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — No new cases of COVID-19 infection have been found as of noon on Sunday (23 February), said the Ministry of Health in a news release.

It added two more cases – a 56-year-old male Chinese national from Wuhan and a 50-year-old male Singaporean – were also discharged from hospital on the same day.

“In all, 51 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospital,” said MOH. Of the 38 cases who are still in hospital, “most are stable or improving” while five are in critical condition in the intensive care unit, the ministry added.

Further investigations and contact tracing have also uncovered links between past and new cases.

Four of the locally transmitted cases along with the aforementioned Chinese national and his wife, a 56-year-old Chinese national also from Wuhan, are linked to The Life Church and Missions Singapore at Paya Lebar Road.

Meanwhile, nine cases are linked to the Yong Thai Hang Chinese medical products shop in Lavender. Three confirmed cases have also been linked to a private business meeting held at the Grand Hyatt Singapore hotel between 20 and 22 January.

Five cases are also linked to the Seletar Aerospace Heights construction site. Also, 23 confirmed cases have been linked the Grace Assembly of God church at Tanglin Road.

Investigations into these clusters of cases are ongoing, said MOH. As of noon on Sunday, the ministry has identified 2,812 close contacts of the confirmed cases and all were quarantined.

Of this number 908 are currently in quarantine while 1,904 have completed their stint.

(INFOGRAPHIC: Yahoo New SIngapore)

Details on latest case

The ministry also shared details about Singapore’s 89th coronavirus case, which was announced on Saturday.

The 41-year-old Singapore permanent resident has no recent history of travel to mainland China and is currently warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). He reported having symptoms of the virus on 3 February and sought treatment at two general practitioner clinics on 3 February, 7 February, 10 February, 17 February and Friday.

He was referred to the NCID on Friday and test results returned the following morning showed he was infected with COVID-19.

Prior to being admitted to hospital, he had gone to work at Affinity Equity Partners at Suntec Tower Three and also visited the Bishan Community Club. He stays at Serangoon Avenue 3, said MOH.

Case links found

Links have also found between confirmed cases of the virus.

Singapore’s 44th case, a 37-year-old male Singaporean employed as a Certis Cisco officer, was found to be linked to two other cases – a 73-year-old female Chinese national from Wuhan and her 42-year-old daughter. All three have since been discharged from hospital.

The country’s 72nd case, a 40-year-old male Chinese national, has been linked to two other cases: a 61-year-old male Singaporean and a 35-year-old female Malaysian. The woman is a relative of the 40-year-old Chinese man.

A 62-year-old male Singaporean who works for DBS – case No. 50 here – has been linked to three other cases: two family members, a 30-year-old male Singaporean and a 61-year-old female Singaporean, and another 35-year-old male Singaporean. The three family members have since been discharged from hospital.

Case No. 75 – a 71-year-old female Singaporean – has been linked to a family member, a 71-year-old male Singaporean.

Additionally, a 24-year-old male Singaporean university student – Singapore’s 86th case – has been linked to a 57-year-old female Singaporean, who is the student’s mother. She is also the first case here to be infected with both the dengue and COVID-19 viruses.