After four straight days without a community case…today happened.
As of 12pm today (22 Feb), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19 infection.
9 of them are imported cases, and 1 is a community case. MOH will provide more details about the cases tonight.
This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 59,879.
Based on yesterday’s figures, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 7 cases in the week before to 1 case in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 4 cases in the week before to 1 case in the past week.
M’sian Who Delivers Products to S’pore Allegedly Visited RWS Casino; Tested Positive for COVID-19 a Week Later
Yesterday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) reported that a Malaysian deliveryman visited Resorts World Sentosa’s (RWS) casino on 9 Feb before returning to Malaysia.
Normally, this wouldn’t make front-page news, but the man later tested positive for Covid-19 and also did something he shouldn’t have; mingled in the community.
According to MOH, the Malaysian truck driver, a freelance deliveryman, took an antigen rapid test at Woodlands Checkpoint on 8 Feb, and tested negative for Covid-19.
MOH’s investigations later revealed that the man had visited RWS’s casino the next day, on 9 Feb, between 5.40am and 10.30am.
This was not permitted by the Singapore authorities.
“Malaysian truck drivers are not allowed to mingle in the community other than for delivery purposes and are not to stay overnight,” the ministry said.
“Investigations are ongoing to assess if there had been any breach of the relevant prevailing measures.”
On 18 Feb, before the man entered Singapore from Malaysia, he took an antigen rapid test, and this time, it came back positive.
Consequently, he was denied entry into Singapore.
His polymerase chain reaction test, too, came back positive on 19 Feb.
MOH said it would place all the man’s close contacts here on quarantine, and take “all the necessary public health actions”.
109 Active Cases
There are currently 22 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.
87 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.
29 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.
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