Husband of SIA cabin crew who previously tested positive for Covid-19 is sole community case

Singapore reported 10 new Covid-19 cases on Feb 22, 2021.
Singapore reported 10 new Covid-19 cases on Feb 22, 2021.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - The husband of a Singapore Airlines cabin crew member who had previously tested positive for Covid-19 was the sole community case on Monday (Feb 22), said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a press release on Monday night.

The 48-year-old Singaporean man works as an events planner but has not been to work since Feb 1.

He was quarantined on Feb 9 after his wife tested positive for the virus, but tested negative when he was swabbed then.

He lost his sense of smell on Feb 15 during his quarantine period but did not report his symptoms.

On Feb 20, he developed a fever and self-medicated without informing MOH.

He was tested the next day as part of MOH's protocol for quarantined individuals and tested positive for Covid-19.

His serological test has come back negative, indicating that he is likely to have a current infection.

He has also been tested for the B117 strain, the coronavirus variant first identified in Britain, as his wife tested positive for it. The result is pending.

"Individuals on quarantine or SHN are required to declare any symptoms promptly, and to report their health status to MOH every day. They are provided with a list of Covid-19 symptoms to look out for, as well as reporting instructions, at the start of their isolation period," said MOH.

"We remind these individuals to be socially responsible and to report their symptoms promptly, even if these are early or mild," it added.

His wife, a 41-year-old Singaporean, also did not seek medical attention after losing her sense of smell and tested positive after a routine swab on Feb 7.

She had just received her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine a few days prior to testing positive.

There were also nine imported cases confirmed by MOH on Monday among a total of 10 cases, bringing Singapore's tally up to 59,879.

Two of these were Singaporeans who returned from Indonesia and Britain. Three were dependant's pass holders who came from India, Indonesia and the United States, while another was a work pass holder arriving from the Philippines.

The last three were work permit holders coming from Indonesia and Myanmar.

The number of new cases in the community has decreased from five cases the week before to two cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community in a week has decreased from two cases to one over the same period.

With 15 cases discharged on Monday, 59,731 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 19 patients remain in hospital, including one in critical condition in the intensive care unit while 85 are recuperating in community facilities.

Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December 2019, has infected more than 110 million people. More than 2.4 million people have died.