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Covid-19: 12 more confirmed cases, Safra Jurong now largest cluster in Singapore

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (March 8) confirmed 12 more cases of Covid-19 infections in the country. Of these, nine are linked to the cluster at the private dinner function at Safra Jurong, making it the largest cluster of infections in Singapore with 30 confirmed cases.

As of March 8, 2020, there are 30 people who attended a dinner at Safra Jurong and have tested positive for Covid-19, making it the largest cluster of infections in Singapore.

As of March 8, 2020, there are 30 people who attended a dinner at Safra Jurong and have tested positive for Covid-19, making it the largest cluster of infections in Singapore.

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SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (March 8) confirmed 12 more cases of Covid-19 infections in the country. Of these, nine are linked to the cluster at the private dinner function at Safra Jurong, making it the largest cluster of infections in Singapore with 30 confirmed cases.

In its media statement, MOH said that for the remaining three new patients, one is linked to a previous case, one is an imported case and one has no links.

This brings the total number of infections in the country to 150. A total of 90 cases so far have fully recovered and have been discharged.

No patient was discharged on Sunday.

Of the 60 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving.

Nine are in critical condition in the intensive care unit, MOH said.

The infected people from the Safra Jurong cluster had attended a private dinner function on Feb 15 held at the Joy Garden Restaurant on the premises. They were involved in singing activities and classes conducted by the People’s Association at several community clubs and residents' committees. 

THE LATEST CASES

Case 139

  • Case 139 is a 71-year-old Singaporean man who has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions such as China and South Korea.

  • He is warded in an isolation room at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH).

  • He is a family member of Cases 140 and 142, and is linked to the cluster involving the private dinner at Safra Jurong.

  • He reported onset of symptoms on March 3 and had sought treatment at a general practitioner (GP) clinic on March 5. He went to NTFGH on March 6, and test results confirmed Covid-19 infection on March 7 in the afternoon.

  • Before hospital admission, he had mostly stayed at home on Jurong West Street 81.

Case 140

  • Case 140 is a 62-year-old Singaporean woman who did not travel recently to affected countries and regions.

  • She is warded in an isolation room at NTFGH. She is a family member of Cases 139 and 142, and is linked to the Safra Jurong cluster.

  • She reported onset of symptoms on Feb 28 and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on Feb 29 and March 5. She went to NTFGH on March 6, and test results confirmed Covid-19 infection on March 7 in the afternoon.

  • Before that, she had gone to work at Landom Distributions (31 Jurong Port Road). She lives on Jurong West Street 81.

Case 141

  • Case 141 is a 69-year-old Singaporean man with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. He is warded in an isolation room at NTFGH.

  • He reported onset of symptoms on March 1 and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on March 3 and 6. He was taken in an ambulance to NTFGH on March 6. Test results confirmed an infection on March 7 in the afternoon.

  • Before he was admitted to hospital, he had gone to work at Nanyang Technological University Innovation Centre (71 Nanyang Drive) as a cleaning staff member employed by the university's cleaning services vendor. He lives on Jurong West Street 64.

Case 142

  • Case 142 is a 26-year-old Singaporean man who did not travel recently affected countries and regions.

  • He is warded in an isolation room at NTFGH and is a family member of Cases 139 and 140, all linked to the Safra Jurong cluster.

  • He reported onset of symptoms on March 5, and went to NTFGH the next day. Test results confirmed he was infected on March 7 afternoon.

  • Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work at First Page Digital Singapore (144 Robinson Road) and visited The Aperia Mall (12 Kallang Avenue). He lives on Jurong West Street 81.

Case 143

  • Case 143 is a 42-year-old male Singapore permanent resident who had been in Thailand from March 4 to 6. He is warded in an isolation room at the National University Hospital (NUH).

  • He lives along Tanglin Road and is a family member of Case 132, a 37-year-old female Singapore permanent resident who had been in London from Feb 23 to 27.

  • He reported onset of symptoms on March 5 while he was in Thailand. He returned to Singapore on March 6 at night and went directly to NUH from Changi Airport.

  • Test results confirmed he was infected on March 7 in the afternoon.

Case 144

  • Case 144 is a 58-year-old Singaporean woman who did not travel recently to affected countries and regions. She is warded in an isolation room at NTFGH. 

  • She is a contact of Case 140, and is linked to the Safra Jurong cluster.

  • She reported onset of symptoms on March 3 and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on the same day and again on March 5.

  • She went to NTFGH on March 7, and test results confirmed Covid-19 infection that afternoon.

  • She is a hairdresser at her home on Jurong West Street 74, and had attended to customers after onset of symptoms.

Case 145

  • Case 145 is a 67-year-old Singaporean woman who did not travel recently to affected countries and regions.

  • She was confirmed to have Covid-19 infection on March 8 in the morning, and is warded in an isolation room at NCID.

  • She is linked to the Safra Jurong cluster and is a contact of Case 134, a 56-year-old Singaporean woman who is part of the same cluster, and Case 107, a 68-year-old Singaporean woman linked to Case 94 (a family member of a Raffles Institution student).


Case 146

  • Case 146 is a 64-year-old Singaporean woman with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions.

  • She was confirmed to have Covid-19 infection on March 8 in the morning, and is warded in an isolation room at NCID.

  • She is a contact of Case 134, and both are linked to the Safra Jurong cluster.

Case 147

  • Case 147 is an imported case involving a 64-year-old Indonesian man who arrived in Singapore on March 7.

  • He was confirmed as having Covid-19 on March 8 in the morning, and is warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 148

  • Case 148 is a 67-year-old Singaporean woman who had been in Indonesia from Feb 11 to 14. She was confirmed to have Covid-19 on March 8 in the morning, and is warded in an isolation room at NCID.

  • She is a contact of Case 107, and is linked to the Safra Jurong cluster.

Case 149

  • Case 149 is a 62-year-old Singaporean man who did not travel recently to affected countries and regions.

  • He was confirmed to have Covid-19 on March 8 in the morning, and is warded in an isolation room at NCID.

  • He is linked to the Safra Jurong cluster.

Case 150

  • Case 150 is a 53-year-old female Singapore permanent resident with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions.

  • She was confirmed to have Covid-19 on March 8 in the morning, and is warded in an isolation room at NCID.

  • She is a contact of Cases 115 and 134, all of whom are linked to the Safra Jurong cluster.

LINKS BETWEEN PREVIOUS CASES

Further epidemiological investigations and contact tracing have uncovered links between previously announced and new cases. This was made possible with the assistance of the Singapore Police Force.

  • Seven of the locally transmitted confirmed cases (Cases 31, 33, 38, 83, 90, 91 and 138), as well as Cases 8 and 9, are linked to The Life Church and Missions Singapore. These cases are linked to another 23 confirmed cases (Cases 48, 49, 51, 53, 54, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 73, 74, 78, 80, 81, 84, 88) who are linked to the Grace Assembly of God.

  • Nine of the confirmed cases (Cases 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 34 and 40) are linked to Yong Thai Hang, a health products shop off Lavender Street.

  • Three of the confirmed cases (Cases 30, 36 and 39) are linked to the business meeting held at Grand Hyatt Singapore from Jan 20 to Jan 22.

  • Five of the confirmed cases (Cases 42, 47, 52, 56 and 69) are linked to the Seletar Aerospace Heights construction site.

  • Fourteen of the confirmed cases (Cases 93, 95, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 108 and 110) are linked to Wizlearn Technologies.

  • Thirty of the confirmed cases (Cases 94, 96, 107, 112, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 120, 121, 122, 125, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 133, 134, 137, 139, 140, 142, 144, 145, 146, 148, 149 and 150) are linked to a private dinner function at Safra Jurong on Feb 15.

Investigations on these clusters are ongoing.

In its media statement, MOH said that contact tracing is underway for 14 locally transmitted cases to establish any links to previous cases or travel history to affected countries or regions.

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