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Covid-19: 2 unlinked cases in the community detected following testing operations at Westgate mall

SINGAPORE — A sales personnel at Platinum Yoga as well as a student at the National University of Singapore (NUS) were among eight new Covid-19 community cases on Friday (May 21) that have not been traced to any source of infection.

People seen at Westgate shopping mall on May 17, 2021.

People seen at Westgate shopping mall on May 17, 2021.

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  • There were 40 Covid-19 cases reported on May 21
  • Of these, 30 were in the community, eight of which had no links to past cases
  • The Changi Airport cluster has grown to 104 cases
  • There were 10 imported cases and none in foreign worker dormitories
  • The number of new cases in the community has jumped from 91 in the week before to 196 in the past week

 

SINGAPORE — A sales personnel at Platinum Yoga as well as a student at the National University of Singapore (NUS) were among eight new Covid-19 community cases on Friday (May 21) that have not been traced to any source of infection.

The two were uncovered after they took a swab test as part of the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) testing operations for those who had visited Westgate mall in Jurong.

The eight unlinked cases were part of 30 in the community, MOH said.

Another 10 cases were imported, bringing the total number of cases on Friday to 40.

The Changi Airport cluster saw four new additions, bringing the total number of infections there to 104, the largest so far in Singapore.

The Changi Prison Complex cluster also had two new additions. This cluster now has 10 cases.

The Jin Tai Tong Food Industries cluster saw one more case, making nine in total.

There were no new cases in foreign worker dormitories.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has jumped from 91 in the week before to 196 in the past week.

The number of cases with no known links in the community has also shot up from 13 in the week before to 56 in the past week.

UNLINKED CASES IN THE COMMUNITY

The eight community cases with no known sources of infection were:

  • A 29-year-old India national who works as a sales personnel at Platinum Yoga

  • A 20-year-old Singaporean woman who is a student at NUS and works part-time at apparel shop Hijabville. She developed symptoms on May 13 but did not seek medical attention and was discovered when she went for a swab test on May 19

  • A 27-year-old Malaysian man who works as a delivery rider for IVIC Logistic and McDonald’s in Bedok Reservoir. He developed a fever and cough on May 17 but did not see a doctor until May 20

  • A 31-year-old Singaporean man who works as a cleaner at Changi Business Park

  • A 17-year-old Singaporean male teenager 

  • A 34-year-old Singaporean man who works as a technician at Singapore Refining Company, a crude oil processing refinery 

  • A 28-year-old Singaporean woman who is a homemaker

  • A 40-year-old Singaporean man who works as in the operations unit of The Meatery SG, a butchery in Clementi Arcade

CASES AT ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (JUNIOR) 

An 11-year-old Singaporean boy who is a pupil at Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) has been added to this school cluster. He is a close contact of a 12-year-old boy from the same school who was confirmed infected on May 19. In addition to the two boys, 46-year-old Singaporean investment banker at DBS is part of the cluster. 

 

CHANGI AIRPORT CLUSTER

Four more cases were linked to an 88-year-old Singaporean man who is employed by Ramky Cleantech Services as a cleaner at Changi Airport Terminal 3. He was confirmed to have Covid-19 on May 5.

All of them were already quarantined, MOH said.

They were:

  • A 68-year-old Singaporean man who is unemployed

  • A 70-year-old Singaporean man who is a retiree

  • A 38-year-old Singaporean woman who works at trading company Samiko Enterprises & PPP International Group

  • A 57-year-old permanent resident who works at Standard Chartered Bank

CHANGI PRISON COMPLEX CLUSTER

Two more inmates — both Singaporean men aged 40 and 66 — have tested positive for the virus. The older man had received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

JIN TAI TONG FOOD INDUSTRIES CLUSTER

A 35-year-old Malaysian man who works as a sales assistant at Jin Tai Mart is the latest addition to the cluster. He had no symptoms.

PACIFIC LAW CORPORATION CLUSTER

A 40-year-old Singaporean man who works as a shipping executive at Star Shipping Agencies has been linked to a 38-year-old woman who works at the law firm and is his family member. He had a runny nose, sore throat, cough and headache.

CLUSTER LINKED TO PERSONAL CHAUFFEUR

A 51-year-old Singaporean woman who works at brokerage firm UOB Kay Hian has been linked to a 53-year-old chauffeur who is her family member. She had fever and a sore throat.

CLUSTER LINKED TO IT ENGINEER

There were three more cases that have been linked to a 32-year-old IT engineer who works at pharmaceutical firm AbbVie Operations Singapore. The cluster now has 12 cases.

The new cases were;

  • A one-year-old Singaporean toddler who goes to Skool4kidz Centre in Punggol Way and AWWA Early Intervention Centre@Fernvale

  • A 34-year-old Singaporean man who works as an associate at Standard Chartered Bank but has been working from home

  • A 41-year-old Singaporean woman who is a homemaker

OTHER CASES LINKED TO PAST INFECTIONS

  • An 11-year-old Myanmar national who is a student at Bukit View Primary School but had not gone to school since May 14

  • A 40-year-old Singaporean man who works as an engineer at bulk equipment maker Flexicon Singapore

  • A 30-year-old Filipina who is a foreign domestic worker

  • A 31-year-old Indonesian foreign domestic worker

  • A 49-year-old female permanent resident who works as an administrative staff member at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club

  • A 22-year-old Malaysian woman who works at data storage solutions provider Seagate Singapore International Headquarters

  • A 29-year-old Singaporean man who works at Slide and Hide System, which makes sliding doors

  • A 27-year-old Malaysian man who works as a delivery rider for IVIC Logistic and a McDonald’s outlet at Pasir Ris Elias Community Club

  • A 39-year-old Singaporean woman who works as an administrative personnel at Tomoe Transtech Specialty Gases

IMPORTED CASES

The 10 new imported cases were all placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival here, MOH said.

They were:

  • Three Singaporeans and five permanent residents who returned from India, Indonesia and the United States

  • Two work permit holders who arrived from Indonesia and the Philippines — both of whom are foreign domestic workers

UPDATE ON REMAINING CASES

The total number of infections in Singapore is now 61,770.

Of these, 61,242 people have fully recovered and been discharged, including 13 on Friday.

There are still 249 patients in hospitals. Of these, most are stable or improving, and four are in a critical condition.

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

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

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