Singapore

Bunker tanker crew member from Indonesia is sole community case

A 39-year-old Indonesian was the lone locally transmitted case of Covid-19 confirmed here yesterday.

He preliminarily tested positive for the B117 strain, which is reportedly more contagious.

The man is a crew member on board a bunker tanker and had not disembarked from the vessel except to go for Covid-19 testing and vaccination, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

He did not show any symptoms and was detected when he was tested last Thursday as part of rostered routine testing.

The man's pooled test result came back positive the next day, and he was taken in an ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.

An individual test done last Friday came back positive for Covid-19 infection the next day.

His earlier tests from rostered routine testing - the last one on April 1 - had all been negative.

His serological test result has come back negative, indicating this is likely a current infection.

While he has preliminarily tested positive for the B117 strain, further confirmatory tests are pending.

The man had also received his first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine last Thursday. However, MOH said as the vaccine does not contain live virus, he could not have been infected from the jab.

MOH added that it is possible for one to be infected just before or just after vaccination as it typically takes a few weeks for an individual to build up immunity after completing the vaccination.

MOH said epidemiological investigations are ongoing, and in the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the case, including crew members of the vessel, have been isolated and placed on quarantine.

There were also 22 imported cases yesterday, taking Singapore's total to 60,831.

All 22 were placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore and tested positive during that period. - THE STRAITS TIMES


By the numbers

23 New cases

30 Deaths

1 New case in the community

22 Discharged yesterday

22 Imported cases

68 In hospital

60831 Total cases

60470 Total recovered

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