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Old 22-02-2021, 12:15 AM   #1396
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11 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 11 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (Feb 21).

All the infections were imported and had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Two Singaporeans and a permanent resident who returned from India and Nepal were among the imported cases.

Another three cases were dependant's pass holders who arrived from India and the United Arab Emirates.

One is a long-term visit pass holder who arrived from Myanmar and another is a work pass holder who arrived from Mexico.

The remaining three cases are work permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India and Indonesia, of whom one is a foreign domestic worker.

No locally transmitted cases were reported in the community or in foreign worker dormitories.

MOH INVESTIGATING MALAYSIAN TRUCK DRIVER

MOH said it is investigating a Malaysian truck driver who works as a freelance deliveryman. The driver was denied entry into Singapore on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19 in an antigen rapid test (ART) at Woodlands Checkpoint.

His polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test also came back positive for COVID-19 infection on Friday.

He had earlier tested negative for COVID-19 for an ART during his previous trip to Singapore on Feb 8, said the ministry.

MOH's investigations found that the man had visited the Resorts World Sentosa Casino on Feb 9 before departing for Malaysia on the same day.

"While he is not included in the case count as he had not been allowed entry into Singapore after his positive ART test, we will take all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure, including placing all identified close contacts on quarantine," said the health ministry.

The Resorts World Sentosa Casino at 8 Sentosa Gateway was added to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period on Sunday.

"Malaysian truck drivers are not allowed to mingle in the community other than for delivery purposes and are not to stay overnight," said MOH.

Investigations are also ongoing to assess if there had been any breach of the relevant prevailing measures.

TWELVE MORE PATIENTS DISCHARGED

Twelve more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore's total recoveries to 59,731.

There are 22 cases still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and one is in the intensive care unit. Another 87 are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.

MOH announced on Saturday that a COVID-19 cluster linked to a sales employee at BS Industrial & Construction Supply, known as Case 59429, has been closed.

The 39-year-old permanent resident was confirmed to have COVID-19 on Jan 18. He had been linked to seven other cases.

"As there have been no more cases linked to the Case 59429 cluster for the past two incubation periods (i.e. 28 days), the cluster has now been closed," said MOH.

As of Sunday, Singapore has reported a total of 59,869 COVID-19 cases and 29 fatalities.

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Old 22-02-2021, 02:53 AM   #1397
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Indonesia to Punish Those Who Refuse to Take Covid-19 Vaccine

By Arys Aditya and Claire Jiao
February 18, 2021, 11:05 AM GMT+8

Indonesia is requiring those eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine to take the shots as the country seeks ways to quicken its inoculation program to curb Southeast Asiaís largest outbreak.

The government can punish those who refuse the vaccine by stopping or delaying social assistance programs and administrative services as well as impose fines, according to a revised presidential rule. The actual form of the sanctions are left to local governments to decide.

Making the Covid-19 vaccine compulsory is an unusual move amid widespread hesitance toward the shots that were rushed in its development.

A survey last September found that about 65% of Indonesians would want to get the shots, while the rest were concerned about the cost, health risks and whether the vaccine would be halal. The government has since made the vaccine free of charge.

Indonesia has administered more than 1.7 million shots in a program that started with President Joko Widodo himself receiving the first dose, a bid to bolster public confidence in the Sinovac Biotech Ltd. vaccine. Thatís a long way from the more than 180 million people that the government seeks to inoculate by the end of the year.

The country has also signed deals with other manufacturers including AstraZeneca Plc and Novavax Inc., though those shots havenít been shipped.

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Old 22-02-2021, 04:17 PM   #1398
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10 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, with 9 imported and 1 in community

SINGAPORE - There were 10 new coronavirus cases confirmed at noon on Monday (Feb 22), taking Singapore's total to 59,879.

There was one community case, while the other nine were imported cases who had already been placed on stay-home notice on arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

More details will be announced on Monday night.

On Sunday, MOH announced that a Malaysian truck driver who tested positive for Covid-19 last Thursday was being investigated for visiting the Resorts World Sentosa Casino nine days earlier on a previous trip.

The freelance deliveryman had tested negative at the checkpoint on Feb 8, and visited the casino on Feb 9, before departing for Malaysia on the same day.

He was denied entry to Singapore last Thursday after his antigen rapid test at Woodlands Checkpoint returned a positive result, said MOH.

His polymerase chain reaction test also came back positive for Covid-19 infection last Friday.

"Malaysian truck drivers are not allowed to mingle in the community other than for delivery purposes and are not to stay overnight. Investigations are ongoing to assess if there had been any breach of the relevant prevailing measures," said MOH.

It added: "We will take all the necessary public health actions as a precautionary measure, including placing all identified close contacts on quarantine."

The driver has not been included in Singapore's case count since he was not allowed entry to Singapore after his positive test.

There were 11 Covid-19 cases reported on Sunday - all imported and placed on stay-home notice upon arrival here.

Ten were asymptomatic, and were detected from MOH's proactive screening and surveillance.

Two Singaporeans and one permanent resident had returned from India and Nepal.

The others had come from India, the United Arab Emirates, Myanmar, Mexico, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

With 12 patients discharged on Sunday, 59,716 have fully recovered from the virus.

A total of 22 patients remain in hospital, including one in critical condition in intensive care, while 87 are still recovering in community facilities.

Singapore has had 29 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive died of other causes.

Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December 2019, has infected more than 110 million people. More than 2.4 million people have died.

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Old 23-02-2021, 05:28 PM   #1399
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1 dormitory resident among 4 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore

SINGAPORE - There were four new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Tuesday noon (Feb 23), taking Singapore's total to 59,883.

There was one case from a migrant workers' dormitory and none in the community, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

There were three imported cases which had been placed on stay-home notice on arrival in Singapore.

More details will be announced on Tuesday night.

On Monday, the husband of a Singapore Airlines cabin crew member who had previously tested positive for Covid-19 was the sole community case, said MOH.

The 48-year-old Singaporean man works as an events planner but has not been to work since Feb 1.

He was quarantined on Feb 9 after his wife tested positive for the virus, but he tested negative when swabbed then.

He lost his sense of smell on Feb 15 during his quarantine period but did not report his symptom.

On Feb 20, he developed a fever and self-medicated without informing MOH.

He was tested the next day as part of MOH's protocol for quarantined individuals and tested positive for Covid-19.

His serological test has come back negative, indicating he is likely to have a current infection.

He has also been tested for the B117 strain, the coronavirus variant first identified in Britain, as his wife tested positive for that. The result is pending.

MOH said: "Individuals on quarantine or SHN (stay-home notice) are required to declare any symptoms promptly, and to report their health status to MOH every day.

"They are provided with a list of Covid-19 symptoms to look out for, as well as reporting instructions, at the start of their isolation period.

"We remind these individuals to be socially responsible and to report their symptoms promptly, even if these are early or mild."

His wife, a 41-year-old Singaporean, also did not seek medical attention after losing her sense of smell and tested positive after a routine swab on Feb 7.

She had just received her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine a few days before testing positive.

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7 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, with 1 in community and 6 imported

SINGAPORE - There were seven new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Wednesday noon (Feb 24), taking Singapore's total to 59,890.

There was one community case and no new cases from migrant workers' dormitories, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The remaining six were imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore.

More details will be announced on Wednesday night.

On Tuesday, a 35-year-old Bangladeshi man who works as a delivery assistant at Chng Woodworking was the sole locally transmitted Covid-19 case confirmed by MOH.

He does not interact directly with clients at the building materials store in Kranji and his job entails loading and unloading goods.

He stays at a dormitory in Kranji Way. His infection was detected after he was tested as part of routine rostered testing for migrant workers in dorms.

He was swabbed again on Monday and developed a sore throat and a cough on the same day.

After testing positive for Covid-19, he was taken to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.

His serological test has come back negative, indicating he is likely to have a current infection.

All his close contacts have been isolated and placed in quarantine.

There were also three imported cases for a total of four new coronavirus cases confirmed by MOH on Tuesday.

The number of new cases in the community has decreased from five cases two weeks ago to two in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community in a week has also decreased, from two cases to one over the same period.

With seven cases discharged on Tuesday, 59,738 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 19 patients remain in hospital - including one in the intensive care unit - while 82 are recuperating in community facilities.

Singapore has had 29 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.

Globally, the virus outbreak that began in December 2019 has infected more than 111 million people. Over 2.4 million people have died.

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Old 25-02-2021, 04:15 PM   #1401
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25TH FEB 2021

As of 25 February 2021, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 2 new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. Based on our investigations so far, both cases are in the community, and there are no new cases in the dormitories.

2. In addition, there are 8 imported cases, who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore. In total, there are 10 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore today.

3. We are still working through the details of the cases, and further updates will be shared via the MOH press release that will be issued tonight.


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24 FEBRUARY 2021

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13 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

SINGAPORE - There were 13 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Friday noon (Feb 26), taking Singapore's total to 59,913.

They were all imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notice on arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

There were no community cases and no cases from migrant workers' dormitories.

More details will be announced on Friday night.

On Thursday, a 27-year-old teacher at the Yishun branch of Berries World of Learning School, a Chinese-language enrichment centre, tested positive for Covid-19.

The Singapore permanent resident developed a runny nose on Tuesday after work and went to a general practitioner the next day, where she was tested for the coronavirus.

Her test came back positive on Thursday, and she was taken to Singapore General Hospital.

As a precautionary measure, the centre where she works will be closed until Sunday for cleaning and disinfection.

The other community case confirmed on Thursday is a 33-year-old Malaysian man who works at PSA Corp in the West Coast port area.

He was asymptomatic and was tested on Sunday as part of rostered routine testing. He was confirmed to have the infection on Wednesday.

He had received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, with his second dose taken on Feb 14.

"As it typically takes a few weeks for an individual to build up immunity after completing vaccination, he was likely to have been infected before he was conferred protection after vaccination," said MOH.

There were also eight imported cases confirmed on Thursday.

The eight imported cases comprised individuals arriving from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Also, national water agency PUB began vaccinating its staff against Covid-19 on Thursday, prioritising engineers and technicians whose work requires them to frequent its water plants.

PUB said more than 4,000 staff and contractors are to be vaccinated over the coming months.

Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December 2019, has infected more than 112 million people. Over 2.4 million people have died.

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12 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

SINGAPORE - There were 12 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Saturday noon (Feb 27), taking Singapore's total to 59,925.

All were imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notice or isolated on arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

No new cases from the community or from within migrant workers' dormitories were reported.

SINGAPORE - There were 12 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Saturday noon (Feb 27), taking Singapore's total to 59,925.

All were imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notice or isolated on arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

No new cases from the community or from within migrant workers' dormitories were reported.

Singapore has had 29 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.

Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December 2019, has infected more than 113 million people. More than 2.5 million people have died.

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1 dormitory resident among 11 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore

SINGAPORE: A dormitory resident was among the 11 new COVID-19 cases reported in Singapore as of noon on Sunday (Feb 28), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update.

The remaining 10 infections were imported and had been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore.

No new infections were reported in the community.

NEW DORMITORY CASE LINKED TO PREVIOUS CASE

The new dormitory case is a 31-year-old Bangladesh national who works as a delivery assistant at Chng Woodworking and lives in a dormitory at Kranji Way.

"His job entails loading and unloading of goods, and he does not interact with clients," MOH said.

The man was identified as a close contact of a previous case, a 35-year-old Bangladeshi who also works as a delivery assistant at the same company and lives in a dormitory at Kranji Way.

The 31-year-old man was placed in quarantine at a dedicated facility on Feb 23.

He was tested for COVID-19 on Feb 26 despite being asymptomatic as part of MOH's protocols for quarantined individuals. The test result came back positive for COVID-19 and he was taken by ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.

His earlier COVID-19 tests from rostered routine testing were negative, with the last being on Feb 14, MOH said.

The man's serological test came back negative, indicating a likely current infection, the ministry added.

IMPORTED CASES

Of the 10 imported cases reported in Singapore on Sunday, four were long-term visit pass holders who arrived from India and Myanmar.

Another four imported infections were work pass holders who arrived from India and the Philippines.

The remaining two imported cases reported on Sunday were a dependant's pass holder who arrived from Switzerland and a work permit holder who arrived from India.

SEVEN MORE DISCHARGED

Seven more COVID-19 cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. A total of 59,823 people have fully recovered from the infection.

There are 18 COVID-19 patients who are still in hospital, most of whom are stable or improving, with one patient in a critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Another 66 cases are isolated and cared for at community facilities. There are people who have mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.

26,000 HOME TEAM OFFICERS RECEIVED VACCINE

More than 26,000 Home Team officers have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 19,000 who have received their second dose, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Saturday.

The ministry's vaccination exercise began on Jan 11, starting with officers involved in frontline healthcare operations.

MHA has since started vaccination for Home Team officers who are performing frontline enforcement and essential services duties.

A total of 83 per cent of medically eligible officers have opted to take the vaccination, the ministry said.

As of Sunday, Singapore has reported a total of 59,936 COVID-19 cases and 29 fatalities from the disease.

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12 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

SINGAPORE - There were 12 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at noon on Monday (March 1), all of which were imported.

This takes Singapore's total to 59,948.

All 12 imported cases were placed on stay-home notice on arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

There were no new community cases and none from migrant workers' dormitories.

More details will be announced on Monday night.

A 31-year-old dormitory resident was the sole locally transmitted Covid-19 case on Sunday.

The Bangladeshi national works as a delivery assistant at Chng Woodworking and stays at a dormitory in Kranji Way.

His job entails loading and unloading of goods, and he does not interact with clients, said MOH.

He was identified as a close contact of a previous case - a colleague at the same workplace - and placed on quarantine at a dedicated facility on Feb 23.

His swab taken on Feb 26 came back positive for Covid-19 and he was taken in an ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.

His earlier tests from rostered routine testing - the last one on Feb 14 - were negative for Covid-19 infection, MOH said. The ministry added that his serological test result has come back negative, indicating a likely current infection.

The remaining 10 cases on Sunday were all imported and had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore.

The new imported cases comprised a dependant's pass holder from Switzerland, four long-term visit pass holders from India and Myanmar, four work pass holders from India and the Philippines, and a work permit holder from India.

Meanwhile, seven more cases were discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Sunday, meaning that 59,808 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 18 patients remain in hospital, including one in critical condition, while 66 are still recuperating in community facilities.

Singapore has had 29 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.

Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December 2019, has infected more than 113 million people. More than 2.5 million people have died.

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