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SINGAPORE: A nurse at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) who works in a general ward has tested positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday (April 28).

The hospital locked down the affected ward – 9D Ward – following its infection and tested patients and staff there.

“So far, we have detected four more cases that initially tested positive for COVID-19 infection.

“These include a doctor and 3 patients who are treated in the same department,” said the ministry.

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The woman, identified as case 62541, is a 46-year-old Filipino national, the health ministry said in its daily update.

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She developed a cough, sore throat and body aches on April 27 and sought medical treatment.

Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 the same day and she was referred to the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID).

His serological test result is pending, the health ministry said.

“As a precaution, all staff who have treated infected patients, as well as all visitors, patients and staff working in the 9D ward will be quarantined,” the health ministry said.

He added that epidemiological investigations and contact tracing are ongoing.

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The ministry also said the four cases that initially tested positive for COVID-19 were not included in Wednesday’s case tally as it is conducting additional testing.

The nurse received the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine – January 26 and February 18.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is effective in preventing symptomatic illness for the vast majority of people vaccinated, but it is possible for those vaccinated to be infected,” the health ministry said.

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The nurse was among three cases of COVID-19 in the community reported Wednesday.

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They include an ICA officer at Changi Airport and a Singaporean who works as a construction project manager in Nepal.

The Ministry of Health also reported 20 imported cases, which were put on notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

Singapore reported a total of 61,086 COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths on Wednesday.

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