It appears that zero community case isn’t going to be common in 2021.

Today (17 Jan), as of 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 30 new cases of COVID-19 infection.

28 of them are imported cases, and 2 are in the community.

This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 59,113.

Based on yesterday’s figures, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 8 cases in the week before to 6 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 5 cases in the week before to 4 cases in the past week.

2 Unlinked Community Cases Reported Yesterday

Yesterday, 4 community cases were reported, and 2 of them are unlinked.

The first unlinked case is a 39 year-old male Singaporean who works at Singapore Scouts Association (1 Bishan Street 12), handling mainly administrative work in the office. He is also a part-time bus driver with Westpoint Transit who plies specific routes for Cameron (Singapore) Pte Ltd and GlaxoSmithKline Tuas.

He developed a fever on 11 January, and sought medical treatment from a general practitioner via tele-consultation, and again at a polyclinic on 13 January where he was tested for COVID-19 as part of our enhanced community testing to test all individuals aged 13 and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection at first presentation to a doctor.

He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 15 January and was conveyed in an ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). His serological test result has come back negative, indicating that this is likely a current infection. He had not gone to work after onset of symptoms

The second unlinked case is a 33 year-old male Chinese national who is a Work Permit holder. He works as a food processing worker at Golden Bridge Foods Manufacturing Pte Ltd (30 Senoko South Road).

He developed a cough on 7 January and sought medical treatment at a general practitioner clinic. He was swabbed but his test result came back negative for COVID-19 on 8 January. He stayed at home on medical leave between 7 January and 12 January, and went back to work on 13 January.

However he developed a fever on 14 January and sought medical treatment at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital where he was again tested for COVID-19. This time, his test result came back positive on 15 January and he was conveyed in an ambulance to NCID. His serological test result has come back negative, indicating that this is likely a current infection.

There are currently 54 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit.

216 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.

29 have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

In the meantime, if you’ve not, you should download the TraceTogether app so that contact tracing can be done easily. If you’re worried about your privacy, watch this video to the end:


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