Exactly one year ago, PM Lee went up to the podium again to announce the extension of the Circuit Breaker—that came two days after McDonald’s closed all their outlets.
One year later, we’re still reporting about the new cases in Singapore, but the good news is that McDonald’s is now open.
As of 12pm today (21 Apr), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 15 new cases of COVID-19 infection.
14 of them are imported cases, and 1 is a community case.
This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 60,880.
Based on yesterday’s figures, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 2 cases in the week before to 9 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 2 cases in the week before to 4 cases in the past week.
COVID-19 Dorm Case Reported Yesterday Has Received 2 Vaccine Doses
14 new coronavirus cases were reported yesterday (20 Apr), of which one was from a dormitory.
The is the first infection in a dormitory in nine days.
The Bangladeshi is a work permit holder who’s employed by Prosper Environmental and Engineering.
He works as a construction supervisor at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard and resides in Westlite Woodlands Dormitory.
On 16 April, the 35-year-old developed a runny nose but did not report his symptoms.
Fortunately, the Ministry of Health (MOH) happened to be carrying out rostered routine testing that day, and swabbed the man.
His pooled result came back positive on 18 Apr for COVID-19 and he was immediately isolated and taken to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.
Another test was done the next day, which also came back positive.
After his positive test result, the authorities discovered that the dorm resident had already been vaccinated.
The man received his first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine on 12 March and the second dose on 13 April.
MOH attributed his positive serology test result to his vaccination, as he would have produced antibodies as a result.
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The 35-year-old is the second migrant worker in slightly over a week to get infected after vaccination, but there’s nothing to worry about here.
“As it typically takes a few weeks for an individual to build up immunity after completing vaccination, he was likely to have been infected before he was conferred protection after vaccination,” MOH said.
295 Active Cases
There are currently 74 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.
221 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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