The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 24 confirmed Omicron cases in the republic, including 21 imported cases and three local cases.
24 Omicron Cases Confirmed In Singapore
As of Thursday (Dec 16), the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 24 confirmed Omicron cases in the republic, including 21 imported cases and three local cases.
“Given its high transmissibility and spread to many parts of the world, we should expect to find more Omicron cases at our borders and also within our community,” MOH said.
On Thursday, the MOH detected another local COVID-19 case that tested preliminarily positive for the Omicron variant.
Source - The Star
“The case is fully vaccinated and has mild symptoms, and is recovering in an isolation ward at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID),” it said.
The MOH said that it is investigating the case by contact tracing.
It concerned a 42-year-old guy who worked as a loading assistant at Changi Airport Terminal 3 but had no interaction with flying passengers.
On December 8, he had a fever and sought care at a General Practitioner (GP) facility, where he was tested for COVID-19.
His test result for COVID-19 infection came back positive the next day, and he was put on the Home Recovery Programme.
As a close contact with the prior case, his sample was tested for the Omicron variant on Dec 16, and the result was preliminary positive.
According to the announcement, the National Public Health Laboratory is doing whole-genome sequencing to detect the variant and contact tracing is underway.
Singapore confirmed the first two imported COVID-19 cases with the Omicron variant on Dec 6, which came through Singapore Airlines flight SQ479 from Johannesburg on Dec 1.
Source – BERNAMA