SINGAPORE: Greater than 1,500 staff dwelling in the identical dormitory as a vaccinated migrant employee who was contaminated with COVID-19 have examined unfavorable for the virus, stated Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung on Wednesday (Apr 14).
In a Fb submit, Mr Ong additionally stated that 156 of the employee’s shut contacts had been quarantined, and all of them have examined unfavorable to date. All of them might be examined once more earlier than they’re discharged from quarantine.
The 23-year-old man from India, recognized as Case 61822, was considered one of 20 COVID-19 instances reported on Sunday. He was Singapore’s first dormitory case since Feb 28.
He’s a lashing specialist employed by Seafront Help Firm, and resides in a dormitory positioned at Brani Terminal Avenue.
Based on MOH, the employee had accomplished the total COVID-19 vaccination routine. He acquired his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Jan 25 and the second on Feb 17.
“His job is to go onboard ships to safe and un-secure containers, earlier than the port cranes transfer the containers. They don protecting gear (masks, gloves and helmets) and will not be allowed to work together with the ship crew,” added Mr Ong in his Fb submit.
The employee had arrived in Singapore greater than a 12 months in the past.
The person, who’s asymptomatic, was detected when he was examined on Apr 7 as a part of rostered routine testing. The person’s pooled rostered routine testing end result got here again optimistic for COVID-19 on Apr eight and he was instantly remoted, stated MOH.
A person take a look at was accomplished on Apr 9 and it got here again optimistic the next day. He was taken to the Nationwide Centre for Infectious Ailments by ambulance.
Mr Ong famous that epidemiological investigations are ongoing, however the important thing findings to date have discovered that the employee is carrying antibodies after vaccination.
“This case is only one information level, but it surely strengthened our understanding of the virus and vaccinations,” stated the minister.
Firstly, that it was doable for vaccinated people to be contaminated.
“Second, however; vaccines are very efficient in defending us from the extra extreme types of the illness, and may considerably cut back the probability of the contaminated particular person to cross the virus to others,” Mr Ong added.
“Therefore, we proceed to strongly encourage everybody to take the vaccine when it’s your flip, to guard your self and others.”