Recent Covid-19 developments in Singapore look rather worrisome, with new community cases and clusters reported over the past week.
Today (26 Jan), the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed that 3 previously reported Covid-19 cases tested positive for the highly infectious B117 variant of the coronavirus.
They had visited Jewel Changi Airport and Terminal 3 on 31 Dec 2020.
According to MOH’s update, they have picked up 3 patients who are confirmed with the B117 variant of Covid-19 and are potentially linked.
They are Case 59028, Case 59340, and Case 59351. Here’s a summary of their details:
Investigations revealed that 2 of them visited Jewel Changi on 31 Dec 2020, between 2.35pm and 9.50pm.
The remaining case had visited Terminal 3 – also on 31 Dec 2020 – between 7.48pm and 8.49pm.
As a result, there will be a special testing operation for all staff who have been working at Jewel Changi and Terminal 3 since 31 Dec 2020.
This will also be extended to those working at all shops and F&B outlets at the terminal.
Singapore had confirmed its first case of the B117 strain on 24 Dec last year, who was a 17-year-old female who had been studying in the United Kingdom since Aug 2020.
The B117 strain is believed to be a highly infectious strain of Covid-19, and had started circulating in the UK.
With Singapore reopening borders for returning citizens, long-term residents, and workers seeking to earn a living here, it’s inevitable that cases will continue to be reported daily.
We hope the staff of Jewel Changi and Terminal 3 are safe from virus despite the risk of transmission.
In the meantime, we shouldn’t get complacent. Continue to be socially responsible and practise good hygiene, hopefully we’ll get to eliminate Covid-19 for good.
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