Coronavirus Singapore

234 Crowne Plaza hotel staff test negative for Covid-19

The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel has been closed from Friday until Jan 21 as a precautionary measure.
The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel has been closed from Friday until Jan 21 as a precautionary measure.ST PHOTO: JOEL CHAN

A total of 234 staff working at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport have tested negative for Covid-19, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday.

The ministry announced on Thursday a special testing operation of all hotel staff after two unlinked cases were found among staff there. A third confirmed case emerged on Friday.

It closed the hotel from Friday until Jan 21 as a precautionary measure, as the possibility that transmissions could have occurred there cannot be ruled out.

The three cases were a 20-year-old male Singaporean, a 24-year-old male Korean national and a 43-year-old Malaysian woman.

The Singaporean had tested positive for the more infectious UK strain of Covid-19 and his case was pending further confirmatory tests on Friday.

All three hotel workers had delivered pre-packed meals to air crew and hotel guests.

The ministry also said yesterday that it is investigating the three cases. MOH said: "From our preliminary investigations, we cannot exclude that transmissions could have occurred at the hotel."

MOH reported 29 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, all of which are imported.

They include four Singaporeans, one of whom is a 71-year-old man who returned from India and was asymptomatic. The other three arrived from Sweden and the United Kingdom.

There were also three dependant's pass holders who arrived from the United Arab Emirates, India and the Maldives.

Also among the imported cases was a special pass holder who is a sea crew member. He arrived from Indonesia on board a vessel and was swabbed upon arrival. He was taken to the hospital when his test result came back positive for Covid-19 infection.

Meanwhile, Indian restaurant Sri Aachi Aappakadai in Little India was added to the list of places visited by Covid-19 patients while they were still infectious, said MOH.

  • Update on cases

  • New cases: 29

    Imported: 29 (4 Singaporeans, 1 PR, 3 dependant's pass holders, 1 student's pass holder, 5 work pass holders, 13 work permit holders, 1 short-term visit pass holder, 1 special pass holder)

    In community: 0 In dormitories: 0

    New community cases in the past week: 8 (5 unlinked cases)

    Active cases: 225

    In hospitals: 67 (1 in ICU)

    In community facilities: 158

    Deaths: 29

    Patients with Covid-19 who died from other causes: 15

    Total discharged: 58,596

    Discharged yesterday: 31

    TOTAL CASES: 58,865

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 10 cases in the week before to eight cases in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from four cases in the week before to five cases in the past week.

With 31 cases discharged yesterday, 58,596 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 67 patients remain in hospital, including one in the intensive care unit, while 158 are recuperating in community facilities. Singapore has had 29 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 10, 2021, with the headline '234 Crowne Plaza hotel staff test negative for Covid-19'. Subscribe