The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (18 April) recorded an unlinked COVID-19 case within the local community.
Case 62113 is a 39 year-old male Indonesian national who is a sea crew on board an unnamed bunker tanker; he has not disembarked from the vessel except to go for COVID-19 testing and vaccination.
“He is asymptomatic, and was detected when he was tested on 15 April as part of Rostered Routine Testing (RRT),” according to MOH.
“His pooled test result came back positive for COVID-19 the next day, and he was conveyed in an ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. An individual test done on 16 April also came back positive for COVID-19 infection the next day.
“His earlier tests from RRT – the last being on 1 April – had all been negative for COVID-19 infection. His serological test result has come back negative, indicating that this is likely a current infection.”
The authority noted Case 62113 receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination on 15 April.
“As the vaccine does not contain live virus, he could not have been infected due to vaccination. It is possible for one to be infected just before or just after vaccination as it typically takes a few weeks for an individual to build up immunity after completing vaccination,” it notes.
“Epidemiological investigations are ongoing. In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the case, including the crew members of the vessel, have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that we can detect asymptomatic cases. We will also conduct serological tests for the close contacts to determine if the cases could have been infected by them.”
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