After a full week without any community cases, today happened.
As of 12pm today (30 Jan), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 58 new cases of COVID-19 infection. This is the highest number of daily cases since 11 September 2020, when 86 cases were reported.
55 of them are imported cases, and 3 of them are community cases.
Among the imported cases were 4 Singaporeans or permanent residents and 32 foreign domestic workers.
MOH will provide more details of the cases tonight.
This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 59,507.
Based on yesterday’s figures, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 21 cases in the week before to none in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 5 cases in the week before to none in the past week.
There Are Now 25 COVID-19 Cases in S’pore With B117 Variant & 5 Are Community Cases
MOH said yesterday (29 January) that 25 COVID-19 cases in Singapore have been detected with the B117 variant.
The reason why it takes longer to detect the strain is that they need to perform viral genomic sequencing, and in Singapore, the National Public Health Laboratory performs viral genomic sequencing for all confirmed cases.
20 of the cases are imported cases, and 5 are in the community.
For the 5 community cases, 3 of them are linked to a cluster in Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (let’s call them Cluster A), while 2 of them are linked to each other as they’re a married couple (let’s call them Cluster B).
So, are Cluster A and Cluster B linked?
MOH is still investigating, but so far, Cluster B did visit Jewel Changi Airport, and someone from Cluster A was in Changi Airport Terminal 3 during their visit.
In the meantime, all close contacts of the cases, including those who have tested preliminarily positive for the variant, have been isolated and placed on quarantine.
MOH said they’ll “detect and ringfence cases as early as possible when there are cases which test preliminarily positive for the B117 variant.”
They added, “No new cases have emerged from the community cases so far, and we hope that our efforts have ringfenced the cases and prevented further transmission.”
There are currently 47 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, and none is in the intensive care unit.
192 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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