After 2 days of community cases, we’re back to a day without any locally transmitted case.
As of 12pm today (28 March), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 12 new cases of COVID-19 infection.
All of them are imported cases.
This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 60,300.
Based on yesterday’s figures, the number of new cases in the community has increased from none in the week before to 2 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from none in the week before to 2 cases in the past week.
However, do note that these 2 cases might be past infections, like the sole community case reported yesterday.
Sole Community Case Reported Yesterday Might Be a Past Infection
23 new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday (27 March), of whom one was from the community.
However, there’s now reason to believe that the sloe community case might have been infected in the past.
The 48-year-old woman is a permanent resident who works as a part-time food packer at Sheera at 5 Kaki Bukit Road 1.
Fortunately, she does not interact with customers in her job.
The woman, known as Case 61205, had travelled to India in March last year and returned to Singapore on 11 Dec.
Like most arrivals at that time, she was issued a stay-home notice at a dedicated facility.
Her test on 21 Dec came back negative and she was released on 25 Dec.
This year, she was supposed to travel to India in March for another trip, but when she took a pre-departure test, it came back positive and she was taken to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.
Here’s where things got weird.
The next day, 26 March, the woman was tested again, but was negative for COVID-19 this time.
Furthermore, the results for her serological test had come back positive, meaning it was a past infection.
This means that the woman could have been infected some time back, and was only now detected.
As the Ministry of Health explained: “She could be shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA from a past infection, but given that we are not able to definitively conclude when she had been infected, we will take all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure.”
145 Active Cases
There are currently 32 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.
113 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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