30 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, with 29 imported and one in the community

MOH confirmed 30 new Covid-19 cases, including one in the community.
MOH confirmed 30 new Covid-19 cases, including one in the community. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

SINGAPORE - There were 30 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Friday noon (Jan 15), taking Singapore's total to 59,059.

These included 29 imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notice or isolated on arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

There was also one case in the community and none from workers' dormitories.

More details will be announced on Friday night.

On Thursday, a 32-year-old Singaporean who works as a para-veterinarian at the Singapore Police Force's K-9 unit was the lone locally transmitted coronavirus case announced.

The patient, whose job involves tele-consultations with dog handlers, developed a fever on Monday. He sought treatment at a general practitioner clinic the same day, where he was tested for Covid-19 as part of enhanced community testing.

The man had remained at home on medical leave until his result came back positive on Wednesday, and he was taken in an ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.

His case is currently unlinked, said MOH, which added that all his close contacts, including family members and co-workers, have been isolated and placed under quarantine. They will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that asymptomatic cases can be detected.

MOH also announced on Thursday that there were 44 imported cases.

This is the highest number of imported cases since March 23, when there were 48 imported cases.

Among Thursday's cases were two short-term visit pass holders who arrived from Brazil to participate in an e-sports event.

There were also 29 work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines.

Of this group, 14 are foreign domestic workers, and one is a sailor who worked on board bunker tanker NewOcean 6.

The 39-year-old Indonesian man was newly added to the NewOcean 6 cluster, which now has 13 confirmed cases.

He was identified as a close contact of a previously confirmed case and was placed under quarantine on Dec 31. He was tested during quarantine and confirmed positive on Wednesday.

The imported cases also included three Singaporeans who returned from Qatar, the Philippines and Britain.

MOH added Jem, Chong Pang City Wet Market and Food Centre, Junction Nine and Sembawang Cottage to the list of places visited by Covid-19 patients while infectious. These visits occurred between last Saturday and Sunday.

Overall, there were three new cases in the community in the last seven days, and nine the week before. There was also one unlinked case in the community in the last seven days, compared with six the week before.

With 35 cases discharged on Thursday, 58,742 patients have fully recovered from the disease. A total of 41 patients remain in hospital, and none is in intensive care.

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

Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December 2019, has infected more than 92.3 million people. More than 1.97 million people have died.