2 New Covid-19 Infections Linked To SPF Vet Cluster Did Not See Doctor

Singapore’s Covid-19 community cases have remained low over the past few weeks. However, we should still take necessary precautions, such as promptly seeking medical attention when we’re sick.

SPF vet cluster

Recently, a new cluster linked to a Singapore Police Force (SPF) para-veterinarian and his wife has been formed. They include an SPF admin officer and his family member.

Both community cases did not seek medical treatment after experiencing symptoms of the virus.

New Covid-19 cluster linked to SPF vet

In a news release on Sunday (17 Jan) night, the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 2 news cases of locally transmitted Covid-19 infection.

The first is a 44-year-old SPF admin officer who works at the Police K-9 Unit headquarters. He developed a dry throat on 7 Jan but did not seek medical treatment.

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However, his results on 16 Jan came back positive during a testing operation at his workplace, after which the man was conveyed to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).

Family member also tested positive

Unfortunately, the admin officer’s family member, a 44-year-old woman, developed a fever and chills on 9 Jan, followed by a loss of smell and taste on 13 Jan.

However, the woman also did not seek medical treatment but tested positive after MOH’s contact tracing efforts.

Currently, close contacts of both cases are under quarantine and will be tested.

SPF vet & wife down with Covid-19

Both community cases reported yesterday (17 Jan) are linked to a 32-year-old para-veterinarian at the SPF who tested positive on 14 Jan.

He was the sole community case that day.

On 16 Jan, his wife, 28, had also tested positive. She works as a Prison Staff Officer at Singapore Prison Service.

MOH noted that she did not come into contact with any inmates as she had been working from home most of the time.

MOH urges everyone to do their part

In light of the new Covid-19 cluster, MOH strongly urges residents to do their park in reducing transmission risk.

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This means that those with early or mild symptoms of Covid-19 should seek immediate medical attention and stay at home, the socially responsible course of action.

Those with symptoms should see a doctor ASAP

It is worrying that a new Covid-19 cluster has formed, with patients refraining from seeking medical attention despite experiencing symptoms of the virus.

It’s a reminder to all of us that acting quickly will help prevent further community transmissions of Covid-19.

Though a dry throat or fever may seem like something to shrug off, they could prove to be more serious than expected.

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