Five new cases in Singapore, three linked to church


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  • Monday, 17 Feb 2020

There are now a total of 72 cases of Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) in Singapore, with five new cases recently confirmed.

Three of the new cases are linked to the cluster at the Grace Assembly of God Church, which means two clusters are linked to places of worship, prompting churches here to step up precautionary measures or even cancel church services.

One of the other cases is linked to the cluster at the Seletar Aerospace Heights construction site. The fifth is a non-medical contact of case 59, a 61-year-old doctor.

The Ministry of Health said none of the new cases had any recent travel history to China.

Meanwhile, one more patient – a 32-year-old woman who was case 24 – had been discharged.

In all, 18 have fully recovered and been discharged from hospital.

Of the 54 confirmed cases still in hospital, most are stable or improving while six are in the intensive care unit.

With 16 confirmed cases, Grace Assembly of God has the largest cluster here now. Services and activities at both its branches have been suspended for two weeks.

Catholic mass for the public has also been suspended indefinitely.

Weekend church services at Adam Road Presbyterian Church are also on hold for two weeks, while churches such as Barker Road Methodist and Faith Methodist are carrying out measures such as temperature checks and attendance taking in case there is a need for contact tracing.

As of noon on Saturday, the Ministry of Health had identified 2,093 close contacts. Of the 1,959 who are still in Singapore, 1,697 have been contacted and are in quarantine or isolation.

On Friday, the ministry reactivated its network of 900 general practice clinics, designated Public Health Preparedness Clinics which provide subsidised treatment, investigations and drugs during public health outbreaks for patients with symptoms.

Singapore citizens and permanent residents will pay a flat subsidised rate of S$10 (RM29.70) for consultation and treatment.

Patients with respiratory symptoms can also go to polyclinics, where the subsidies will also apply.

Doctors have been advised to give five days of sick leave to patients with respiratory symptoms. — The Straits Times/ANN

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