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Singapore reports 30 new cases of COVID-19, including 3 in the community

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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 30 new cases of COVID-19 as of noon on Friday (Jan 1), said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its preliminary daily update.

Three community cases were reported. One is a family member of the PSA Marine harbour pilot reported among the cases on Dec 31.

Another is a close contact of the marine surveyor at Lloyd’s Register Singapore and the 14-year-old Raffles Girls’ School student, who were among the confirmed cases on Dec 30 and 31, respectively.

Twenty-seven cases were imported and all were placed on stay-home notice/isolated upon their arrival in Singapore.

Five of them are Singaporeans or permanent residents, while 14 are foreign domestic workers.

Details of the new cases will be released on Friday night, said the health ministry.

ADDITIONAL MEASURES FOR MARINE SECTOR AFTER FAMILY CLUSTERS REPORTED

MOH on Thursday announced it would begin “special testing operations” to test those who had boarded vessels in which two COVID-19 cases recently worked.

The cases comprise a marine surveyor at Lloyd’s Register Singapore and a PSA Marine harbour pilot.

Harbour pilots, marine surveyors and ship repair workers will also be tested for COVID-19 “in the coming days”, regardless of their rostered routine testing schedule, the ministry added.

“The relevant authorities will also review the need to tighten our precautionary measures for these workers,” the ministry added.

Two of the harbour pilot’s relatives were among the community cases reported on Thursday – a 79-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man. Both are Singaporeans and live in Marine Crescent, where the harbour pilot also resides.

“On Dec 28, both cases developed acute respiratory infection symptoms but did not seek medical treatment,” MOH said.

They were both placed on quarantine on Dec 30 after they had been identified as close contacts of the harbour pilot.

“As they were already symptomatic, they were conveyed to NCID in ambulances and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 infection,” MOH said.

Family members of the marine surveyor were also among Thursday’s community cases.

One is a 46-year-old freelance florist, who is a Singapore permanent resident. She was identified as a close contact on Dec 29 and placed on home quarantine the next day.

The same day, she developed symptoms and was taken to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases in an ambulance. Her test result came back positive on Dec 31.

Another case linked to the marine surveyor is a 14-year-old student from Raffles Girls’ School.

She was identified as a close contact on Dec 29 and placed on home quarantine the next day as well. On Dec 30, she was tested for COVID-19 and confirmed positive on Dec 31. She began developing symptoms on the same day.

Her last day in school was Dec 23.

All those identified as close contacts of the cases, including family members and co-workers, have been isolated and placed on quarantine, said MOH.

Singapore has reported a total of 58,629 cases of COVID-19 as of Friday.

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