As of 17 February 2020, 12 pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified two additional cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore. Of these, one was among the group of Singaporeans who were evacuated from Wuhan on 9 February and one is linked to a previous case.
This brings the total number of cases to 77 so far.
About the confirmed cases
Case 76 is a 1-year-old male Singapore Citizen who was among the group of Singaporeans who were evacuated from Wuhan on 9 February. He was without symptoms when he boarded the flight and was put under quarantine upon landing in Singapore. He is currently warded in an isolation room at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH).
Case 77 is a 35-year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. He is a contact of Case 50. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 17 February morning and is currently warded in an isolation room at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.
Update on condition of confirmed cases
To date, a total of 24 cases have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from the hospital. Of the 53 confirmed cases who are still in the hospital, most are stable or improving. Four are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Links between previous cases found
a) Cases 8 and 9, as well as Cases 31, 33 and 38, are linked to The Life Church and Missions Singapore (146B Paya Lebar Road). This is a possible cluster involving five cases (Cases 8, 9, 31, 33 and 38).
b) Nine of the confirmed cases (Cases 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 34 and 40) are linked to the cluster associated with Yong Thai Hang (24 Cavan Road).
c) Three of the confirmed cases (Cases 30, 36 and 39) are linked to the private business meeting held at Grand Hyatt Singapore from 20 to 22 January.
d) Five of the confirmed cases (Cases 42, 47, 52, 56 and 69) are linked to the Seletar Aerospace Heights construction site.
e) Eighteen of the confirmed cases (Cases 48, 49, 51, 53, 54, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 73 and 74) are linked to the Grace Assembly of God.
Investigations on these clusters are ongoing. In addition to the clusters, MOH’s investigations have identified the following links between cases:
- Case 44 was a contact of Cases 13 and 26;
- Case 77 is linked to Case 50, and Case 50 is linked to 55 and 65;
- Case 72 is linked to Case 59; and
- Case 75 is linked to Case 41.
Contact tracing is underway for the other seven locally transmitted cases to establish any links to previous cases or travel history to mainland China.
Update on suspect cases
As of 17 February 2020, 12 pm, 937 of the suspect cases have tested negative for COVID-19, and 77 have tested positive. Test results for the remaining 103 cases are pending.
Update on contact tracing for confirmed cases
Contact tracing for the confirmed cases is ongoing. Once identified, MOH will closely monitor all close contacts. As a precautionary measure, they will be quarantined for 14 days from their last exposure to the patient. In addition, all other identified contacts who have a low risk of being infected will be under active surveillance and will be contacted daily to monitor their health status.
As of 17 February 2020, 12 pm, MOH has identified 2,358 close contacts who have been quarantined. Of these, 1,081 are currently quarantined, and 1,277 have completed their quarantine.
At least 70,400 people have now been infected in China and around the world with a death toll of over 1,700 that is mainly concentrated in China, Wuhan where the virus originated from.