Malaysian truck driver with Covid-19 suspected of visiting Resorts World casino earlier

The man was denied entry to Singapore on Thursday after his antigen rapid test at Woodlands Checkpoint returned a positive result. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A Malaysian truck driver who tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday (Feb 18) is being investigated for apparently visiting the Resorts World Sentosa Casino nine days earlier on a previous trip.

The freelance deliveryman had tested negative at the checkpoint on Feb 8, and visited the casino on Feb 9, before departing for Malaysia on the same day.

He was denied entry to Singapore on Thursday after his antigen rapid test at Woodlands Checkpoint returned a positive result, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday.

His polymerase chain reaction test also came back positive for Covid-19 infection on Friday.

"Malaysian truck drivers are not allowed to mingle in the community other than for delivery purposes and are not to stay overnight. Investigations are ongoing to assess if there had been any breach of the relevant prevailing measures," said MOH.

It added: "We will take all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure, including placing all identified close contacts on quarantine."

The driver has not been included in Singapore's case count since he was not allowed entry to Singapore after his positive test.

There were 11 Covid-19 cases reported on Sunday - all imported and placed on stay-home notice upon arrival here.

Ten were asymptomatic, and were detected from MOH's proactive screening and surveillance.

Two Singaporeans and one permanent resident had returned from India and Nepal.

The others had come from India, the United Arab Emirates, Myanmar, Mexico, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

They brought Singapore's total to 59,869.

There were no new cases of locally transmitted Covid-19 infection, said MOH.

The number of new cases in the community decreased from seven cases in the week before to one in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community in a week fell from four to one over the same period.

With 12 patients discharged on Sunday, 59,716 have fully recovered from the virus.

A total of 22 patients remain in hospital, including one in critical condition in intensive care, while 87 are recovering in community facilities.

Singapore has had 29 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive died of other causes.

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

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