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Singapore man is third Covid-19 community case found among Crowne Plaza Changi airport staff, Singapore News & Top Stories


SINGAPORE – A Singapore man working at the Azur restaurant at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport was among two community cases related to previous cases announced on Friday evening (January 8th).

There were also 21 imported cases confirmed by the Ministry of Health (MoH), bringing Singapore’s total number to 58,836.

The 20-year-old Singaporean is the third confirmed case in the Azur.

He has tested positive for the more infectious strain in the UK of Covid-19 and is awaiting further confirmatory tests.

Like the previous two cases at the hotel, he delivers pre-packaged meals to the air crew and hotel guests.

He does not interact with the tables at the Azur. His previous tests from routine tests – the last one being on January 1 – were negative for Covid-19.

He had been identified as a close contact of the Korean work permit holder, who was reported on Wednesday as a confirmed case and quarantined on January 5 in a quarantine facility.

Singapore developed symptoms on Thursday and was swabbed the same day.

His test came back positive for Covid-19 and he was taken to the National Center for Infectious Diseases in an ambulance.

The result of his serological test came back negative, indicating that it is probably a current infection.

MOH said it is investigating the three Covid-19 cases working at the hotel.

The special testing operations carried out by the ministry have so far seen 233 hotel employees.

Of these, 129 test results are negative and 104 test results are pending.

The second community case is a 34-year-old port pilot at PSA Marine and the fifth case to be linked to the Singapore port pilot who was confirmed to have Covid-19 on 30 December.

The Singapore man was quarantined on January 1 in a quarantine unit after being identified as a close contact.

His January 3 swab was negative for Covid-19, but another test on Thursday came back positive for the infection.

He was then transported to Tan Tock Seng Hospital by ambulance.

He developed symptoms on Friday and the result of the serological test is pending.

The imported cases include four Singaporeans, four permanent residents, one bird permit holder, one student permit holder, two work permit holders, eight work permit holders and one short-term business permit holder.

They gave positive results while serving stay-at-home notifications or while being isolated after their arrival in Singapore, MOH said.

They have traveled here from several countries, including India, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Tampines Mall and Gochi-So Shokudo restaurant in Tampines 1 were also added to the list of places visited by patients with Covid-19 while they were still infectious, the Ministry of Health said.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community decreased from 10 cases in the previous week to eight cases last week.

The number of unconnected cases in the community increased from four cases in the previous week to five cases last week.

With 18 cases discharged on Friday, 58,565 patients fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 61 patients remain in hospital, including one in the intensive care unit, while 166 are recovering in community units.

Singapore had 29 deaths due to Covid-19 complications, while 15 that tested positive died of other causes.

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