Singapore: 13 new Covid-19 community cases confirmed, seven linked to Changi Airport cluster; reinfection cases also reported

Singapore reported 25 new coronavirus cases, including 13 in the community, it was announced on Tuesday (May 11). The new cases take Singapore's total tally to 61,403. - The Straits Times/ANN

SINGAPORE, May 11 (The Straits Times/ANN): There were 25 new coronavirus cases, including 13 in the community, announced on Tuesday.

Seven of the community cases are linked to the 88-year-old cleaner who works at Changi Airport Terminal 3, taking the total number of cases linked to the cluster to 17.

Another three community cases are linked to previous patients.

The remaining three are currently unlinked.

Eight of the community cases had already been placed under quarantine earlier.

The new cases take Singapore's total tally to 61,403, with 11 active clusters.

On Monday, two of the three new Covid-19 cases in the community reported were people who work at Changi Airport Terminal 3.

One of the two linked is a 44-year-old Singaporean employed in operations at the Raffles Medical clinic in Terminal 3.

He was swabbed on Sunday (May 9) during the Ministry of Health's special operation to test all staff working at Terminals 1 and 3, and Jewel. His test came back positive on Monday and he was taken to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) in an ambulance. He has had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The second patient is a 59-year-old aviation security officer employed by Certis Cisco at Terminal 3. His job entails security screening at the departure hall.

He developed a cough on May 5 but did not seek medical treatment until two days later, when he visited a general practitioner. He was given three days' medical leave.

On May 8, he sought treatment at another GP clinic as he had not recovered and was tested for Covid-19 the next day. He tested positive yesterday and was taken to NCID in an ambulance.

His earlier tests from rostered routine testing - the last being on May 4 - were all negative for the infection. He has had both doses of the vaccine.

The remaining community case on Monday is unlinked and is a 59-year-old chef at MOS Burger - Suntec City. Her work does not involve interacting with diners.

She went to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital on Sunday for an unrelated condition and was tested for Covid-19 even though she was asymptomatic. She returned a positive result on the same day.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community fell from 59 in the week before to 32 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community rose from nine to 10 in the same period.

There were also 16 imported cases, all of whom had been placed on SHN or isolated on arrival from Singapore.

Meanwhile, Geylang Serai Malay Market and Food Centre, Joo Chiat Complex, Tanjong Katong Complex and a Courts outlet at Jurong Point mall were among the new places visited by infectious Covid-19 patients.

The Courts outlet was visited by a patient on April 29 while the other three locations were all visited by infected patients May 4.

The Ministry of Health said it would have already notified those who were identified as close contacts of the confirmed cases.

In a ministerial statement on Singapore's response to the pandemic, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong also revealed that about 1.8 million individuals had received at least one dose of the vaccine as at May 9.

Of this number, about 1.2 million people have received their second dose and completed the full vaccination regimen.

Gan, who is co-chair of the multi-ministry task force tackling the pandemic here, also said that about two-thirds of eligible people aged 45 and older have received the Covid-19 vaccination, or booked their vaccination appointments.

The Republic has also seen 26 cases of Covid-19 reinfection as Monday (May 10), Gan said in a ministerial statement in Parliament on Tuesday.

Such reinfections are known to be possible in both overseas and local cases, he noted, but it is still unclear why they occur.

The minister said investigations are ongoing to determine if reinfections are due to a general waning of immunity levels over time, or a lack of cross-protection, despite a previous infection, against specific variants of the coronavirus that a person is exposed to for the first time. - The Straits Times/ANN

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