42 additional cases of COVID-19 infection; 10 unlinked cases and new cluster at bridal shop in Yishun

As of 29 March 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified an additional 42 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, of which 24 are imported and 18 are local cases who have no recent travel history abroad.

This makes a total of 844 cases of confirmed COVID-19 infection in Singapore.

  • The 24 imported cases had travel history to Europe, North America, Middle East, ASEAN and other parts of Asia.
  • Eight cases are linked to previous cases.
  • 10 cases are currently unlinked, and contact tracing is ongoing.

Three of the confirmed cases (Cases 745, 802 and 810) are linked to a new cluster at The Wedding Brocade (1 Yishun Industrial Street 1).

Summary of new cases

Cases from public healthcare sector

Case 741 (announced on 28 March) is a 42 year-old Singapore Permanent Resident who has no travel history to affected countries or regions. She reported onset of symptoms on 24 March, and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 27 March afternoon. She is currently warded in an isolation room at Sengkang General Hospital.

She is employed as a nurse at Sengkang General Hospital. Prior to hospital admission, she had gone to work. Contact tracing is ongoing.

Update on condition of confirmed cases

To date, a total of 212 cases have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.

Of the 423 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving.

19 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

206 cases who are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19 are isolated and cared for at Concord International Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital and the Community Isolation Facility at D’Resort NTUC.

Three have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection. The third fatality was announced this afternoon.

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 29 March 2020, 12pm, MOH has identified 11,779 close contacts who have been quarantined. Of these, 4,178 are currently quarantined, and 7,601 have completed their quarantine.

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