2 new COVID-19 clusters in Singapore, including tuition centre where 5 students test positive

17-May-2021 Intellasia | CNA | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Two new COVID-19 clusters have been identified in Singapore on Friday (May 14), one of which is linked to a tuition centre where five children and a tutor tested positive.

Five of the 24 new community cases reported on Friday are linked to a previous case, Case 63131, a 50-year-old Singaporean woman who works as a tutor at Learning Point tuition centre at Parkway Centre, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 on Wednesday.

All five new cases reported on Friday involved children aged seven to nine years who attended Case 63131′s classes at the tuition centre.

Among them are students from Kong Hwa School, St Stephen’s School and St Andrew’s Junior School. Some of the schools issued notices that they would conduct home-based learning after the detection of the cases.

ALL FIVE CHILDREN DEVELOPED SYMPTOMS

All five cases were identified as close contacts to the tutor and were placed in quarantine on May 12. They all developed symptoms, said MOH.

The first case, Case 63184, is a nine-year-old Singaporean boy studying at St Stephen’s School. He developed a fever on May 11 and sought treatment at a general practitioner clinic the next day. He did not to school after the onset of symptoms.

He was tested for COVID-19 on May 13, and the test result came back positive on the same day. His serology result is pending.

The second case, Case 63185, is a nine-year-old Singaporean girl who is a student at Kong Hwa School.

She developed a fever on May 12 and sought medical treatment at a general practitioner on the same day. She did not go to school after the onset of symptoms. She was tested for COVID-19 on May 13, and received a positive result on the same day. Her serology test is pending.

The third case, Case 63186, is a nine-year-old Singaporean boy who studies at St Andrew’s Junior School.

He developed a fever while in school on May 11 and sought medical treatment at a general practitioner clinic the following day. On May 13, he was tested for COVID-19 and he was confirmed to have COVID-19 on the same day. His serology test result is pending.

The fourth case, Case 63187, is an eight-year-old Singaporean boy who studies at Kong Hwa School.

He also developed a fever while in school on May 11, and sought medical treatment at a polyclinic on the same day. He was tested for COVID-19 on May 12, and it came back positive the next day. His serology test is pending.

The fifth case, Case 63188, is a seven-year-old Singaporean boy who studies at St Stephen’s School.

He developed a runny nose on May 11 but did not seek medical treatment. On May 13, he was tested for COVID-19 and it came back positive on the same day. His serology test is pending.

“NO EVIDENCE OF SCHOOL TRANSMISSION”

During a multi-ministry task force press conference on Friday, Education minister Lawrence Wong said all infections of school-going children have happened outside of schools.

“We have a series of very tight measures to pick up and to detect and to ring-fence our school system,” he said.

“Up to now, there is no evidence of transmission within the school system,” he added.

Wong said that the government will continue to monitor the situation closely and see if additional measures are required, after having tightened safe management measures in schools.

He also said that teachers will no longer be allowed to wear face shields instead of surgical masks while teaching.

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