13 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

Singapore reported 13 new Covid-19 cases, all imported, on Feb 26, 2021. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - There were 13 Covid-19 cases confirmed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday night (Feb 26), all of whom were imported cases.

They comprised one Singaporean and four permanent residents, one dependant's pass holder, one long-term visit pass holder, one work pass holder and five work permit holders.

All of them were placed on stay-home-notices on arrival in Singapore and tested then. Of these, 12 were asymptomatic while one had symptoms, said MOH.

These 13 cases took Singapore's total case tally up to 59,913.

The Singaporean was a 22-year-old man arriving from Britain, while all four permanent residents were coming from India, including a 10-year-old girl.

The dependant's pass holder and the work pass holder were coming from Myanmar, while the long-term visit pass holder came from India.

The five work permit holders arrived from Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines. Four of these were foreign domestic workers.

There were no cases in the community or from workers' dormitories, said MOH.

The number of new cases in the community has increased from one case two weeks ago to four in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community in a week has increased from one case to two over the same period.

The Health Ministry also reported that out of the 67 confirmed cases reported from Feb 20 to Feb 26, 36 of them tested positive for their serology tests while 18 tested negative.

Thirteen tests are still pending results.

With 18 cases discharged on Friday, 59,788 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 15 patients remained in hospital, including one in critical condition in the intensive care unit, while 66 were still recuperating in community facilities.

On Thursday, a 27-year-old teacher at the Yishun branch of Berries World of Learning School, a Chinese-language enrichment centre, tested positive for Covid-19.

The Singapore permanent resident developed a runny nose on Tuesday after work and went to a general practitioner the next day, where she was tested for the coronavirus.

Her test came back positive on Thursday, and she was taken to Singapore General Hospital.

As a precautionary measure, the centre where she works will be closed until Sunday for cleaning and disinfection.

The other community case confirmed on Thursday was a 33-year-old Malaysian man who works at PSA Corp in the West Coast port area.

He was asymptomatic and was tested last Sunday as part of rostered routine testing. He was confirmed to have the infection on Wednesday.

He had received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, with his second dose taken on Feb 14.

"As it typically takes a few weeks for an individual to build up immunity after completing vaccination, he was likely to have been infected before he was conferred protection after vaccination," said MOH.

Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December 2019, has infected more than 112 million people. Over 2.4 million people have died.

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