Sole Covid-19 case is domestic worker from Indonesia who tested positive during SHN

The patient's serology test came back positive on Monday which indicates a likely past infection.
The patient's serology test came back positive on Monday which indicates a likely past infection.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The sole new coronavirus case announced on Tuesday (Feb 16) is a work permit holder who arrived from Indonesia.

The foreign domestic worker had been placed on stay-home notice on arrival in Singapore and was tested while serving her notice, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday night.

Her serology test came back positive on Monday (Feb 15), which indicates a likely past infection. However, she had not taken a serology test when she arrived in Singapore on Feb 2.

MOH said it was unable to definitively conclude she was no longer infectious when she arrived.

"As a precautionary measure, we will take all the necessary public health actions," said MOH.

The Health Ministry added on Tuesday that one of the active clusters last month has now been closed.

Seven people had fallen ill in the Police K-9 unit cluster which developed after a para-veterinarian contracted Covid-19.

As the cluster has not had new cases linked to it for 28 days, or two incubation periods, it is now closed.

MOH added that since Feb 5, newly arrived work permit and S pass holders in the construction, marine and process sectors, and foreign domestic workers and confinement nannies who have recent travel history to higher-risk countries or regions are progressively required to undergo mandatory on-arrival polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and serology tests.

"These have enabled us to quickly identify persons who have recovered from an old Covid-19 infection, and are no longer infective to others by the time they arrived in Singapore, and to exclude them from our daily case count," MOH said.

There were no community cases or cases from migrant workers' dormitories.

No new locations were added to the list of locations visited by Covid-19 patients while they were still infectious.

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

The number of unlinked cases in the community in a week has decreased from four cases to two over the same period.

With 20 cases discharged on Tuesday, 59,646 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 30 patients remain in hospital, including one in the intensive care unit who is in critical condition. Another 90 are recuperating in community facilities.

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