Once again, today comprises both imported cases and community cases.
Today (18 Jan), as of 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 14 new cases of COVID-19 infection.
12 of them are imported cases while 2 are community cases.
This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 59,127.
Based on yesterday’s figures, the number of new cases in the community has remained stable at 8 cases per week in the past 2 weeks. The number of unlinked cases in the community has decreased from 5 cases in the week before to 4 cases in the past week.
2 Community Cases Reported on 17 Jan Had COVID-19 Symptoms But Did Not Seek Medical Attention
Of the 30 new Covid-19 cases reported on Sunday (17 Jan), two were from the community.
One of them is a 44-year-old male Singaporean who works as an administrative officer at the Singapore Police Force (SPF).
He is linked to a previous case – a 32-year-old male who works as a para-vet the same location (2 Mowbray Road).
The admin officer developed a dry throat on 7 Jan but had not sought medical treatment.
On 15 Jan, he was tested as part of the special testing operations conducted by the Ministry of Health at his workplace after the para-vet was confirmed to have the disease.
He tested positive for the coronavirus the next day, but his serological test came back negative, meaning it’s a fresh infection.
The other community case today is a 44-year-old female Singaporean who is a family member of the admin officer.
The homemaker developed a fever and chills on 9 Jan, and a loss of smell and taste on 13 Jan, but she too, had not sought medical treatment.
She was tested by the MOH on 16 Jan since she was a family member of the admin officer, and it returned a positive result.
Just like the admin officer, her serological test result has come back negative, indicating that this is also likely a current infection.
The Covid-19 cluster linked to the para-vet now has four infections.
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