13 new Covid-19 cases, including nine who caught the virus overseas; 200 confirmed cases so far

The imported cases include two Singaporeans who got the virus after attending a mass religious event near Kuala Lumpur.
The imported cases include two Singaporeans who got the virus after attending a mass religious event near Kuala Lumpur.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

SINGAPORE – Singapore has confirmed 13 new Covid-19 cases, including nine that are imported, said the Ministry of Health on Friday (March 13).

The imported cases include two Singaporeans who got the virus after attending a mass religious event in Malaysia. There are now four local cases linked to the event. 

Both are currently warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). 

One of them, case 197, is a 30-year-old man who was in Malaysia from Feb 28 to March 2. The other, case 199, is a 37-year-old man who was there from Feb 26 to March 2. 

Singapore now has 200 Covid-19 infections. 

Among the imported cases is a 47-year-old Singaporean man, case 195, who was in the United States from Feb 4 to 17 and Canada from Feb 17 to March 9. 

Case 191, a 24-year-old Malaysian woman and Singapore work pass holder, had been in Germany from Feb 24 to 28, and Malaysia from Feb 28 to March 3. 

As for the four non-imported cases reported on Friday, one of them is linked to the private dinner function at Safra Jurong, which remains Singapore’s largest with 44 cases. The woman, 73, is a contact of Cases 107 and 148, and has no recent travel history to affected places.

The second is linked to Case 172 that was announced on Wednesday (March 11). Case 172 is a Philippines national, 42, who is a Singapore work pass holder and works at AXA Singapore.

The last is case 200, a 62-year-old woman who is a family member of Case 165, a Republic of Singapore Air Force regular serviceman who was in France on official duty for three weeks from Feb 15.

As of noon on Friday (March 13), a total of 97 cases have fully recovered from the infection and been discharged from hospital. Of the 103 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving while 11 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

MOH has also identified 4,910 close contacts who have been quarantined, of whom 3,419 have completed their quarantine.