The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) verified the detection of the Omicron variant in the first two imported COVID-19 cases, which were earlier considered to be carriers.
Singapore Confirms Two Imported Omicron Variant Cases
MOH said in its daily update on COVID-19 last night that the confirmation came after the republic’s National Public Health Laboratory completed whole-genome sequencing of the patients.
“Both are fully vaccinated and have mild symptoms of cough and scratchy throat. They were isolated upon arrival in Singapore on Dec 1, and had not interacted in the community,” it said.
On Dec 2, the Ministry of Health said that it had identified two imported COVID-19 cases, labelled as Cases 271487 and 271598, who tested preliminarily positive for the newest variant.
The two cases landed on Dec 1 on Singapore Airlines flight SQ479 from Johannesburg.
Source - Stuff.co.nz
Additionally, the Ministry of Health confirmed on Sunday (Dec 5) that one more imported COVID-19 case tested positive for the Omicron variant.
The third case was on the same plane as the previous two.
As of Dec 5, 96 percent of the eligible population in this country had finished their entire regimen or had received two doses of COVID-19 vaccinations.
87 percent of the overall population has received at least one dose, and 28% have also had their booster doses.
Singapore reported a total COVID-19 caseload of 269,873 with 763 deaths as of Monday, Dec 6.
Source – BERNAMA