SINGAPORE: A 24-year-old foreign domestic worker from Myanmar is the only new community case of COVID-19 reported in Singapore on Saturday April 3.
There were 18 new infections in all, 17 of which were imported cases, the Department of Health (MOH) said.
The community infection, identified as case 61508, was close contact with another Burmese maid who tested positive last week.
Case 61508 arrived from Myanmar on January 30 and was notified to stay home at a dedicated facility until February 13. She tested negative for the coronavirus on February 12.
After her stay-at-home notice ended, she moved into a boarding house for foreign domestic workers while waiting to be deployed to her employer. She did not leave the pension from February 13 to March 9, the health ministry said.
On March 9, she started working at her employer’s home.
She is asymptomatic and tested positive on April 2 after being washed a day earlier as part of the Health Ministry’s investigation into Case 61184, the 26-year-old Burmese domestic worker who tested positive on the 25th. March.
All close contacts who interacted with the previous case outside of its infectious period were tested as a precaution, the health ministry said.
In the latest case involving the 24-year-old maid, her serological test result came back as positive.
“She might get rid of tiny fragments of viral RNA from a past infection, but since we are unable to definitively conclude that she was infected before she arrived in Singapore, we will take all health measures. as a precautionary measure, ”MOH said.
Epidemiological investigations are underway to determine whether the two cases are linked. In the meantime, the health ministry said it had classified Saturday’s only community case as an unrelated local case.
All identified close contacts of the case, including members of his household, have been isolated and placed in quarantine. They will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period.
The Department of Health will also perform serological tests for close contacts to determine if the case could have been infected by them.
2 FOREIGN DOMESTIC WORKERS AMONG THE IMPORTED CASES
Of the 17 imported cases, three are permanent residents of Singapore who have returned from Brazil, India and Côte d’Ivoire.
Seven are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, two of whom are foreign domestic workers.
Two cases are of student pass holders who arrived from India and the United Arab Emirates, and four are work pass holders who arrived from India.
The latest case is a short-term visitor pass holder who arrived from Myanmar to visit a family member who is a permanent resident of Singapore.
All imported cases were put on formal notice upon arrival in Singapore, the health ministry said.
There were no new cases in the dormitories of migrant workers.
Nine more cases were released from hospitals or community isolation centers, bringing Singapore’s total recoveries to 60,185.
There are still 41 cases in the hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and one of them is in the intensive care unit. Another 212 are isolated and cared for in community facilities.
MORE EMPLOYEES CAN RETURN TO THE WORKPLACE AS OF APR 5.
As of Monday, more employees will be able to return to the workplace and split-team arrangements will no longer be mandatory as Singapore relaxes some COVID-19 measures.
COVID-19 multi-ministerial task force co-chair Lawrence Wong announced last week that Singapore would switch from working from home as the default mode to a more “flexible and hybrid” mode of work.
Up to 75 percent of employees who are currently able to work from home can now be in the workplace anytime, up from 50 percent currently, Wong said. The current cap on the time an employee spends at the workplace will also be lifted.
“We will no longer impose the requirement to split shifts, but we will strongly encourage employers to always stagger starting times and implement flexible working hours, and of course, employers must continue to implement all the security management measures in force, ”he declared.
Singapore reported a total of 60,468 COVID-19 cases on Saturday.
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