29 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, all imported

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Singapore reported 29 new COVID-19 cases as yesterday, said the Ministry of Health (MoH) in its preliminary daily update.

All were imported infections, and had been placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

There were no new locally transmitted cases in the community, said the ministry.

MOH reported on Friday that a 20-year-old Singaporean man who works at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport had tested “preliminarily positive” for the new B117 strain.

He is the second reported local COVID-19 case who has tested preliminarily positive for the new strain. The 20-year-old is also the third person working at the Azur restaurant in the hotel who tested positive for the coronavirus.

The man, Case 59084, delivered pre-packed meals to air crew members and hotel guests – the same duties that the other two cases linked to the restaurant carried out. He did not interact with diners at the restaurant. He was also identified as a close contact of Case 59028, a 24-year-old man from South Korea who was the first local case reported to have tested preliminarily positive for the B117 strain.

As of yesterday, Singapore has reported a total of 58,865 COVID-19 cases.

A traveller pushes his luggage trolley past automated fast check-in counters at the departure hall of Changi International Airport. PHOTO: AFP