Two more Bangladeshis infected in S’pore

14 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Two more Bangladeshi workers in Singapore have been infected with coronavirus or Covid-19, reports UNB.

Singapore Health Ministry on Thursday said the victims are Bangladeshi 'work-pass holders', aged 30 and 37, who are linked to a worksite in Seletar Aerospace Heights. Their case numbers are 52 and 56.

The worksite is now linked to a cluster of four cases, all of whom are Bangladeshi nationals.

The case-52 is a 37-year-old male Bangladesh national who is a Singapore 'work-pass' holder and has no recent travel history to China.

He is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. He is linked to the cluster at Seletar Aerospace Heights construction site.  He reported onset of symptoms on February 7. As he was identified as a close contact of cases 42 and 47, he was transported by an ambulance to Tan Tock Seng Hospital on February 11.

Subsequent test results confirmed Covid-19 infection in the afternoon of February 12. Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work at the Seletar Aerospace Heights construction site, the same location where Cases 42 and 47 had worked.

He reported that he had mostly stayed at his rental apartment at Campbell Lane since the onset of symptoms.

The case-56 is a 30-year-old male Bangladesh national with no recent travel history to China. He was confirmed to have Covid-19 infection on Thursday morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

He is linked to the cluster at the Seletar Aerospace Heights construction site.

The Singapore Health Ministry has initiated epidemiological investigations and contact tracing to identify individuals who had close contact with the cases.

Meanwhile, China has reported 254 new daily deaths and a spike in new daily virus cases of 15,152, after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of Hubei as to how cases are categorized, reports AP.

The total number of confirmed cases mounted to 59,804. The change in categorization appeared to push forward the process to a doctors' on-the-spot diagnosis rather than waiting for the results of laboratory tests.

China on Thursday replaced its top officials in the central province of Hubei and its capital, Wuhan, the epicentre of a viral outbreak.

 


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