Sole Case of Community Case on 7 Apr is a 40YO Myanmar Maid that was previously Tested Negative

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Earlier yesterday (7 April 2021), we learnt that there were 35 new cases of COVID-19 infection as of 12:00 p.m.

One was deemed to be a community case. Intricate details, however, were not revealed to the public until later on, when we garnered access to the patient’s vocation and her previous test (COVID-19) history.

Apparently, she had tested negative on not one, but two prior occasions.

Sole Case of Community Case on 7 Apr is a 40YO Myanmar Maid that was previously Tested Negative

According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), the only community case yesterday, case 61639, is a 40-year-old foreign domestic worker from Myanmar. After arriving on 13 November 2020, she went on to serve her Stay Home Notice (SHN) at a designated location.

On 23 November, she underwent a COVID-19 test and was verified to be negative. However, due to an affiliation with Case 58386 during their journey to Singapore, she was situated in quarantine from 24 to 27 November.

After the quarantine period concluded, she proceeded to start work.

On 2 April this year, she is said to have experienced a headache, and later shortness of breath on 4 April. Seeking treatment on 4 April, she was subsequently subjected to another COVID-19 test – which she tested positive for this time around.

The domestic worker was swiftly sent to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital for hospitalisation.

Second Time

Interestingly, she is said to have tested negative in another test done by the National Public Health Laboratory on 5 April. However, her serological test result proved to be positive.

This is a possible indication of a previous infection, which may have since been rendered redundant. According to MOH, she could be “shedding minute fragments of the virus RNA, which are no longer transmissible and infective to others”. Nevertheless, authorities are still adopting precautionary measures as they’re unable to confirm when she had been infected.

Meanwhile, there are 34 other imported cases, with 31 of them deemed to be asymptomatic and the remainder symptomatic. The majority are work permit holders from nations such as Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and more, while a number are dependent and work pass holders from France, India and Indonesia.

One is a returnee from the UK, and three are short-term visit pass holders.

General Gist

There are currently 46 confirmed cases that are still in the hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and 1 is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

205 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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