The Covid-19 situation in Singapore is getting better and better.
Cases have been going down drastically; imported infections are now our biggest source of new cases, not dormitories.
In fact, if things stay the way they are or improve, we could shift to Phase 3 before the end of the year.
This might lead you to believe that we can take it easy, but as we’ve seen in other countries, one tiny cluster can eventually lead to a huge spike in infections.
2 Community Cases Reported on 24 Oct Both Worked in Changi Airport T3
The two community cases that were reported on Saturday (24 Oct) worked at Changi Airport Terminal 3.
The first is a 64-year-old PR who works as a security officer at Changi Airport Terminal 3. Before admitting himself to the hospital for Covid-19, he had gone to work and visited the Singapore National Eye Centre for treatment of an unrelated medical condition.
The second community case is a 48-year-old Singaporean citizen who is a temperature screener and swab assistant at Raffles Medical at Changi Airport Terminal 3.
The 48-year-old had gone to work prior to hospital admission.
Both cases are unlinked, and are not linked to each other either.
While they both work at Terminal 3, they had not interacted with each other, and it’s unlikely that one caught the virus from the other.
“As a precautionary measure, all individuals working at Changi Airport Terminal 3 who may have contact with travellers will be tested for COVID-19,” MOH said.
As more of our border restrictions ease, Rostered Routine Testing of frontline staff working at Changi Airport will be ramped up, the ministry said.
11 Imported Cases
As previously mentioned, gone are the days where migrant worker dormitories were our biggest worry.
Out of the 14 cases reported on Saturday, 11 were imported.
All 11 cases had been issued stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore.
Three of them are work permit holders who had arrived from Indonesia and the Philippines.
One case is a student pass holder who had arrived from France.
There were also three Singaporeans and one PR who had returned from India and the Philippines.
Two long-term visit pass holders from Indonesia and India as well as a short-term visit pass holder from India make up the remaining three cases.
The short term visitor was allowed to come here because her parent is a Singapore PR.
Number of Unlinked Cases Increased
Remember what I said about keeping our guard up?
While the number of community cases has gone down, unlinked cases have increased.
The average number of new community cases has decreased from four cases in the week before to three in the past week.
The number of unlinked cases in the community, however, has gone up from one case in the week before to three in the past week.
The health ministry also added the FairPrice Finest outlet at Changi Airport Terminal 3 to its list of public places visited by community cases.
Hopefully this is just an anomaly, because we’ve had a few days in the past week with zero community cases.
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