Indonesian domestic worker recovers from COVID-19 in Singapore

People wearing face masks in Singapore’s Orchard Road. Photo: Coconuts
People wearing face masks in Singapore’s Orchard Road. Photo: Coconuts

An Indonesian domestic worker who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Singapore has recovered from the disease and has been discharged from the hospital, as announced by the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) in Singapore today.

In a press release, KBRI said that the Indonesian national, who tested positive for infection of the novel coronavirus on Feb. 4, was declared COVID-19-negative and discharged on Feb. 18.

KBRI said that it will continue to monitor the recovered patient’s condition but noted that she is currently in good health.

Identified chronologically as Case 21 in Singapore, the Indonesian woman is a 44-year-old domestic worker who was likely infected through close contact with her employer Case 19, a 28-year-old Singapore permanent resident. 

Case 19 is believed to have been infected through human-to-human transmission, as she works at a health products shop that primarily serves Chinese tourists but has no recent travel history to China.

As of Wednesday morning, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Singapore was 81. Case 21 was among the five latest to be discharged from hospitals on Feb. 18, bringing the tally of recovered patients in the city-state to 29.

Case 21’s recovery also means that there are now three Indonesians still suffering from COVID-19, all of whom were infected on the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship anchored off the Port of Yokohama.

As of today, Indonesia has yet to report a single COVID-19 case inside the country.

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