0 new community COVID-19 cases, including 7 linked to Changi Airport cluster

SINGAPORE: Ten cases in the community were among 16 new COVID-19 infections reported in Singapore as of noon on Wednesday (May 12), said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Seven of the 10 new community cases are linked to the Changi Airport cluster. Another two are linked to previous cases.

Six new COVID-19 cases were imported and were placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore, said the ministry in its preliminary daily update.

No new infections were reported in foreign workers’ dormitories.

Details of the new cases will be released on Wednesday night, MOH said.

As of Wednesday, Singapore has reported a total of 61,419 COVID-19 cases and 31 fatalities.

READ: Changi Airport COVID-19 cluster grows as family members, household contacts of previous cases test positive

CHANGI AIRPORT CLUSTER GROWS FURTHER

Including the seven new infections reported on Wednesday, the Changi Airport COVID-19 cluster has now grown to 25 cases, including household contacts and family members of previous cases.

The first infection in the cluster was detected on May 5, when an 88-year-old man who works as a cleaner at Terminal 3 tested positive.

A Victoria Junior College student who tested positive for the virus on May 7 has also since been linked to the Changi Airport cluster.

The student had visited the Kopitiam food court at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on May 3, the same day as two other cases in the Changi Airport cluster, said MOH in an update on the case on Tuesday.

Basement 2 of Terminal 3 – where Kopitiam is located – has been closed temporarily since Monday after several COVID-19 cases visited outlets there, according to airport authorities.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) said last Sunday that all workers in Changi Airport’s operating terminals will be tested for COVID-19 in a special testing operation.

About 9,000 workers from Terminal 1, Terminal 3 and Jewel Changi Airport will undergo these tests. Terminal 2 is not open.

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