COVID: 2 S'pore Poly students, 4 children among 22 new community cases

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A man wearing protective mask walks past stacked chairs outside a restaurant on May 20, 2021 in Singapore. Singapore enters a month long heightened alert from May 16 to June 13 to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases in the local community. New restrictions on movements and activities have been introduced such as limiting social interaction to two, prohibiting dining out and a reduced operating capacity at shopping malls and attractions. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A man wearing protective mask walks past stacked chairs outside a restaurant on May 20, 2021 in Singapore. Singapore enters a month long heightened alert from May 16 to June 13 to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases in the local community. New restrictions on movements and activities have been introduced such as limiting social interaction to two, prohibiting dining out and a reduced operating capacity at shopping malls and attractions. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 29 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Saturday (22 May), taking the country's total case count to 61,799.

Of the cases, 22 are in the community, of whom 15 are linked to previous cases, and seven are currently unlinked. Among them, 12 had already been placed on quarantine earlier, the ministry said in a media release. 

"Among the new cases today, nine are asymptomatic, and were detected from our proactive screening and surveillance, while 20 were symptomatic," the MOH said.

In addition, there are seven imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Of these, three are returning Singaporeans or Singapore permanent residents.

The seven unlinked cases, aged between 24 and 58, are: 

  • a 47-year-old Malaysian man who is unemployed

  • a 58-year-old Singaporean man who works at Assalaamu’alaikum Enterprise Pte Ltd but has been working from home

  • a 38-year-old Singaporean man who works as an online stocks trader

  • a 41-year-old female China national who is a production worker at Baxter Healthcare SA Singapore Branch

  • a 30-year-old Singaporean man who works as an engineer at Sembcorp Marine (visited Westgate recently)

  • a 54-year-old Singaporean man who works as a warehouse manager at Sony Electronics Pte Ltd (visited Westgate recently)

  • a 24-year-old Malaysian man who works as a kitchen assistant at Fun Toast (Westgate Tower) (works at Westgate)

One case – the Singaporean engineer – is asymptomatic and was detected when he went for a COVID19 test offered for those who had visited Westgate. The Singaporean warehouse manager also went for a test as part of the special testing operations but developed a fever before he received his positive result. 

The MOH has announced that JEM and Westgate will close to the public from 23 May for two weeks to facilitate deep cleaning and to stop any possible chain of transmission. The ministry is also extending the special testing operations to cover those who have been to the malls from 10 to 14 May. 

Linked to previous cases

The three cases linked to previous infections who were detected through screening and were not previously identified are:

  • a 35-year-old Malaysian man who works as a factory operator at Sms Infocomm (Singapore) Pte Ltd and had last gone to work on 15 May

  • a 24-year-old Malaysian man who works as a delivery rider for IVIC Logistic Pte Ltd and McDonald’s (Pasir Ris Elias Community Club)

  • a 19-year-old Malaysian woman who is a student at Singapore Polytechnic and had not gone to school since 15 May

The 12 cases who have already been placed under quarantine are: 

  • a 33-year-old female Philippines national who is a foreign domestic worker

  • a 19-year-old male Singaporean who is a student at Singapore Polytechnic, and part-time food processor at SATS Food Services Pte Ltd

  • a 50-year-old Singaporean woman who works at Pacific Law Corporation (received first dose of vaccine)

  • a 30-year-old Singaporean woman who is employed by Singapore General Hospital as a nurse deployed at the Tiong Bahru Community Nurse Post, and had last gone to work on 10 May (fully vaccinated)

  • a 2-year-old Singaporean boy who is a student at My First Skool at 51 Fernvale Link

  • a 74-year-old Singaporean woman retiree

  • a 77-year-old Singaporean male retiree

  • a 9-year-old Singaporean girl who is a student at Springdale Primary School, and was last in school on 17 May

  • a 5-year-old Singaporean girl who is a student at M.Y. World Preschool (Anchorvale Parkview)

  • a 41-year-old male Myanmar national who works as a project manager at Compact Metal Industries Pte Ltd, and was last at work on 19 May

  • a 62-year-old Singaporean male retiree (fully vaccinated)

  • a 1-year-old Singaporean boy

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 103 cases in the week before to 199 cases in the past week, the ministry said. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 14 cases in the week before to 61 cases in the past week. 

4 new clusters, each with 3 cases

With the announcement of four new clusters, there are a total of 30 active clusters in Singapore currently. The new clusters are:

1. McDonald’s delivery riders cluster: The first case linked to it is a 27-year-old male Malaysia national who works as a delivery rider for IVIC Logistic Pte Ltd and McDonald’s (Bedok Reservoir). He was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 20 May. The third and latest case to be added is the 24-year-old Malaysian man who works as a delivery rider for IVIC Logistic Pte Ltd and McDonald’s (Pasir Ris Elias Community Club).

2. "Case 63414" cluster: The first case linked to it is a 40-year-old Singaporean man who works as a vending machine loader at Warburg Pte Ltd, and a food delivery rider for Deliveroo and Grab. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 18 May. The two latest cases added to this cluster are the Singaporean girls, aged 5 and 9.

3. "Case 63516" cluster: The first case linked to it is a 28-year-old Singaporean woman who is a homemaker. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 20 May. The latest case added to this cluster is the 1-year-old Singaporean boy who is a family member of the homemaker. 

4. "Case 63487" cluster: a 19 year-old female Malaysia national who is a student at Singapore Polytechnic. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 19 May. The two cases added to the cluster are the 62-year-old Singaporean retiree and 19-year-old Singapore Polytechnic student, who is a close contact of the first case. 

7 imported cases 

Among the seven imported cases: 

  • Two are Singaporeans and one is a Singapore permanent resident who returned from India and the Philippines

  • One is a dependant’s pass holder who arrived from Angola

  • Three are work permit holders who arrived from the Philippines

99% of total cases have recovered, 5 in ICU

With 35 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Saturday, 61,277 cases – or 99.1 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 255 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, while five of them are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 235 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.

Apart from the 32 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 15 others who tested positive for the virus were determined to have died from unrelated causes, including three whose deaths were attributed to a heart attack and another four, whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.

Among the 263 confirmed cases reported from 16 to 22 May, 35 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 113 have tested negative, and 115 serology test results are pending.

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