There are some questions that appear to have no answer: what comes first, cats or dogs? Why do you feel cold when your colleague feels hot in the same office? And how the heck do COVID-19 cases appear in our community?
Today, you’d be asking the last question.
As of 12pm today (4 March), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 19 new cases of COVID-19 infection.
18 of them are imported while 1 is a community case. MOH will provide more details about the cases tonight.
This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 59,998.
Based on yesterday’s figures, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 2 cases in the week before to 4 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from none in the week before to 4 cases in the past week.
A COVID-19 Community Case Reported on 3 Mar is Another Example of What One Should Do When Sick
On 3 Mar 2021, 23 new COVID-19 cases were reported, two of them unlinked local cases.
One of the community cases is an 82-year-old Singaporean man.
He developed symptoms – a runny nose, body aches and chills – on 14 Feb 2021.
He went to a general practitioner (GP) clinic on 22 Feb 2021 and was tested for COVID-19.
His test result returned negative.
On 1 Mar, because he was still feeling unwell, the man went to the doctor again.
This time, he tested positive for COVID-19 and was sent to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) the next day.
His serological result came back negative, indicating that he was likely suffering from a current infection.
Forgone Vaccination On Doctor’s Advice
The elderly man had booked an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination on 22 Feb 2021.
However, he didn’t proceed with it as he was earlier told by his doctor to postpone the vaccination if he was still unwell.
Which is applaudable, considering that the authorities have promised that they won’t reserve vaccinations for those who postpone it.
Also, just like him, you should always see a doctor if you experience symptoms, no matter how mild it is.
Details On Other Cases
The other community case is a 38-year-old permanent resident. She is an asymptomatic case and was detected when she took a pre-departure COVID-19 test on 2 Mar.
She was preparing for a trip to India.
When her result returned positive a day later, she was taken to NCID in an ambulance.
She is still awaiting her serological test results.
All close contacts of the cases have been isolated and put into quarantine.
Serological tests and COVID-19 tests will be conducted for them.
The remaining cases (21 of them) are imported cases, with 20 of them work pass holders and the remaining case a permanent resident returning from Indonesia.
All of the cases have been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore.
Several New Locations Added To MOH’s List Of Places Visited By Infectious COVID-19 Cases
The Ministry of Health (MOH) maintains a list of places that were visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period.
And on 3 Mar 2021, MOH added several places to the list, including Mustafa Centre, Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple and Murugan Idli Shop.
You can view the full list below:
Of course, if you happened to be in the general vicinity in the same timeframe, don’t panic.
Monitor your health for the next 14 days and do what the 82-year-old man did; see a doctor if you feel even the slightest symptoms.
85 Active Cases
There are currently 19 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.
66 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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