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52 new Covid-19 cases, including 13 tied to Changi Airport cluster and 4 unlinked community cases

SINGAPORE — Singapore reported 52 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday (May 14), 24 of which were in the wider community.

52 new Covid-19 cases, including 13 tied to Changi Airport cluster and 4 unlinked community cases
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  • Singapore reported 24 new community Covid-19 infections on May 14
  • Thirteen are linked to the Changi Airport cluster, bringing the total number of cases to 59
  • Five other community cases involve primary school students linked to a Learning Point tution centre cluster
  • There were also 28 imported cases

 

SINGAPORE — Singapore reported 24 new community Covid-19 cases on Friday (May 14), including 13 linked to an 88-year-old cleaner deployed at Changi Airport Terminal 3 and four others not traced to any previously reported infections.

This takes the total number of people linked to the cluster at the airport to 59, making it Singapore’s largest community cluster.

Five other community cases, all students, are linked to a 50-year-old tutor at Learning Point, the Ministry of Health said in its evening update on the coronavirus situation in Singapore. 

The two remaining community cases are each linked to the separate clusters at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and an operating theatre nurse at Sengkang General Hospital.  

The first is an 88-year-old Singaporean man who had been hospitalised at TTSH’s Ward 9D from April 19.

He was transferred to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases on April 29 and has been warded there since. 

“He was tested for Covid-19 daily from May 2 and all his test results were negative for Covid-19 infection. On May 12, his test came back positive,” MOH said.

The second is a 39-year-old Filipino who works at Unity Pharmacy. He is a family member of an earlier detected case and a household contact of the Sengkang General Hospital nurse.

The Filipino man had received his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Feb 23 and the second dose on March 22.

Among the community cases, 16 had already been placed on quarantine, MOH said.

Another 28 cases on Friday were imported and had all been placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore.

There are no new cases in the foreign worker dormitories.

FOUR UNLINKED CASES

  • A 39-year-old China national employed by Sats Food Services as a cook at Changi Prison. He developed a fever and runny nose on May 12 after work, and saw a general practitioner (GP). His test result came back positive the next day

  • A 22-year-old Singaporean male cook at Wok Hey food stall in White Sands mall in Pasir Ris. He developed a fever, cough and runny nose on May 10 evening and saw a GP the next day. His test result came back positive on May 13

  • A 70-year-old Singaporean female retiree who developed a fever and cough on May 10 evening. She saw a GP the next day and was tested for Covid-19. Her test result came back positive on May 13

  • A 48-year-old Singaporean man who works as a GrabFood delivery personnel. He developed a fever, cough and sore throat on May 12 and sought treatment at Singapore General Hospital the next day. His Covid-19 test result came back positive on May 14

CHANGI AIRPORT CLUSTER

  • A 25-year-old Malaysian woman who works as service personnel at a store at Ngee Ann City but had not gone to work after onset of symptoms. She is a close contact of another detected case

  • A 27-year-old male Singaporean who works as a sales executive at a retail store at Terminal 3. He received his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Jan 19, and the second dose on Feb 9

  • A 39-year-old Singaporean woman who works as a principal at a language school. She is a family member of an earlier detected case

  • A 60-year-old Singaporean woman who works as an administrative personnel at the Ministry of Manpower. She is a household contact of previously detected cases and was placed on quarantine on May 10

  • A 57-year-old Singaporean man who works as an Immigration and Checkpoints (ICA) officer at Terminal 3. He had received his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Jan 27, and the second dose on Feb 17

  • A 51 year-old ICA officer at Terminal 3. He received his Covid-19 vaccinations on Jan 25 and Feb 15

  • A 46-year-old man and a 39-year-old man, both Malaysians who work as cleaners at Kopitiam Square in Sengkang and are household contacts of an earlier case. They had been placed under quarantine on May 11

  • A 91-year-old Singaporean homemaker. She is a household contact of an earlier confirmed case

  • A 29-year-old Malaysian man employed by Idemia Singapore as an IT support engineer at Terminal 1 and Terminal 4

  • A 53-year-old female China national employed by Ramky Cleantech Services as a cleaner at Robinson 77 building. She is a close contact of a previously detected case

  • A 28-year-old Singaporean employed by Certis Cisco as an aviation security officer at Terminal 3. He received his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Jan 14 and the second dose on Feb 4

  • A Singaporean man, 67, employed by Certis Cisco as an aviation screening officer at Terminal 1. He received his Covid-19 vaccinations on Jan 14 and Feb 4

LEARNING POINT CLUSTER

The five new cases that bring the cluster to six are all primary school students who had been quarantined after being identified as close contacts of the female tutor whose infection was confirmed on May 12.

The five, who attended her lessons at Learning Point located at Parkway Centre, were:

  • A nine-year-old Singaporean boy at St Stephen’s School who had not gone to school after onset of symptoms. He developed a fever on May 11 and sought medical treatment at a GP clinic the next day

  • A nine-year-old Singaporean girl studying at Kong Hwa School who had not gone to school after the onset of symptoms. She developed a fever on May 12 and sought medical treatment at a GP clinic on the same day

  • A nine-year-old Singaporean boy at St Andrew’s Junior School. He developed a fever on May 11 while in school and went to a clinic the next day

  • An eight-year-old Singaporean boy at Kong Hwa School. He developed a fever on May 11 while he was in school and went at a polyclinic on the same day

  • A seven-year-old Singaporean boy studying at St Stephen’s School. He developed a runny nose on May 11 but did not seek medical treatment. He was tested for Covid-19 during quarantine

IMPORTED CASES

There were 28 new imported cases reported on Friday and all had been placed on stay-home notices or isolated upon their arrival here, MOH said.

They were:

  • Six Singaporeans and 13 permanent residents who returned from India, Indonesia, South Korea and the United Kingdom

  • A student’s pass holder who came from Thailand

  • Three work pass holders who arrived from Nepal and Papua New Guinea

  • Four work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines, of whom three are foreign domestic workers

  • A short-term visit pass holder who came from Indonesia to seek medical treatment and visit his family member who is a Singapore permanent resident

MOH stressed that the imported cases who had arrived from the Indian sub-continent had already come into Singapore before the restrictions on travellers from there were imposed recently.

UPDATE ON REMAINING CASES

The total number of infections in Singapore is now 61,505.

Of these, 61,047 people have fully recovered and been discharged, including 18 on Friday.

There are still 180 patients in hospitals. Of these, most are stable or improving, and three are in a critical condition under intensive care.

Another 247 patients are isolated at community facilities. They have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still tested positive for Covid-19.

Thirty-one people have died from complications due to the disease.

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