It’s April’s Fool Day today, and as much as we would like to tell you the community case yesterday was an early April’s Fool prank, it was not, which you can read below.
On the other hand, we have better news today. There are no community cases today.
As of 12pm today (1 Apr), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 26 new cases of COVID-19 infection.
All of them are imported cases.
This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 60,407.
Based on yesterday’s figures, the number of new cases in the community has increased from none in the week before to 3 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from none in the week before to 3 cases in the past week.
Sole Community Case on 31 Mar was a 22 YO Student from UK; He was Isolated for 21 Days
34 new coronavirus infections were reported on the last day of March, including one case in the community.
The 33 imported cases had been placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.
The sole community case is a 22-year-old permanent resident who is studying in the United Kingdom.
He had returned to Singapore from the UK on 11 Jan and served a stay-home notice (SHN) at a dedicated facility.
As per the requirement for travellers from the UK, the student also served an additional seven-day self-isolation at his place of residence until 1 Feb.
He was tested on 24 Jan during his SHN and on 29 Jan during his self-isolation. Both were negative for COVID-19.
Sometime after, the student planned to return to the UK and needed to take a COVID-19 pre-departure test before leaving the country.
It was then that the authorities discovered his infection.
The 22-year-old tested positive for the coronavirus and was taken to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. He was asymptomatic.
His serology test was positive as well, indicating that this is likely not a recent infection.
Curiously, another test on Wednesday (31 March) came back negative.
As the Ministry of Health (MOH) explained, this could mean the student was shedding minute fragments of the virus from a past infection, which are no longer transmissible and infectious.
The bad news is that the number of new community cases has increased from none in the week before, to three cases in the past week.
Similarly, the number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from zero to three in the same period.
Read the full article here.
202 Active Cases
There are currently 37 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and 1 is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
165 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.
30 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.
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