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Covid-19: 24 Omicron cases detected in Singapore so far, another airport worker positive in early test

Covid-19: 24 Omicron cases detected in Singapore so far, another airport worker positive in early test

A 42-year-old man who works as a loading assistant at Changi Airport Terminal 3 was found to be infected by the Omicron coronavirus strain in early tests, while 24 people here have been confirmed to have the variant so far.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a news release late on Thursday (Dec 16) that the man is fully vaccinated and has mild symptoms.

He is now recovering in an isolation ward at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. MOH added that it is ringfencing the case through contact tracing.

The airport staff member, who has had no contact with flight passengers, developed a fever on Dec 8 and sought medical treatment at a general practitioner clinic where he was tested for Covid-19.

The result came back positive for Covid-19 the next day and he was to recover at home. He was later identified as a close contact of an earlier case who tested positive for Omicron, so his sample was tested on Dec 16 and it came back “preliminarily positive”, MOH said.

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