Singapore reports 552 new COVID-19 infections and 13 deaths; 1 more imported case tests positive for Omicron variant

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 552 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths linked to the coronavirus as of noon on Sunday (Dec 5).

The Ministry of Health (MOH) also reported one more imported COVID-19 case who has tested “preliminarily positive” for the Omicron variant.

Case 273611 is a 37-year-old Singapore permanent resident who arrived in Singapore from South Africa on a Singapore Airlines flight on Dec 1. 

He was on the same flight as Cases 271487 and 271958, who tested preliminarily positive last week. Their confirmatory test results are still pending, MOH said. 

The man’s pre-departure test in Johannesburg on Nov 29 was negative for COVID-19, said MOH. 

He was taken to a stay-home notice dedicated facility upon arrival in Singapore, and his polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on Dec 1 and 3 came back negative, the Health Ministry said. 

He developed a fever and sore throat on Dec 4 and was taken to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), where he tested “preliminarily positive” for the Omicron variant, the Health Ministry said.

The man is fully vaccinated and has mild symptoms. He is currently recovering in an isolation ward at NCID, said MOH, adding that “he had not interacted in the community, and there is currently no evidence of any community transmission from the case”. 

The National Public Health Laboratory is conducting whole genome sequencing to confirm the variant.

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