COVID-19: Singapore’s largest outbreak now taking off at Changi Airport

Jewel Changi Airport in the sunset. Photo: Changi Airport/Facebook
Jewel Changi Airport in the sunset. Photo: Changi Airport/Facebook

Singapore has been hit by a whirlwind of infections and is now experiencing its largest outbreak at Changi Airport.

Forty-six cases have been found there as of yesterday, surpassing the number of infections at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where 44 people including healthcare workers and patients have taken ill. Jewel Changi Airport and two passenger terminals have been closed to everyone except essential staff and ticketed travelers until May 26, according to an airport advisory.

All airport staff and those who have visited the area in the last two weeks are to get swab tests. Nearly 20 more cases involving cleaners and Terminal 3 visitors at the airport were reported yesterday. The outbreak ignited after a 88-year-old cleaner working there tested positive last week.

Singapore also announced yesterday that visitors who recently traveled to Vietnam will have to serve 21 days of quarantine at dedicated facilities amid a surge of cases from that nation.  

Students at Yio Chu Kang Primary School will homeschool through Tuesday after a 7-year-old student tested positive Wednesday. He was identified as a close contact of an infected operating theatre nurse at Sengkang General Hospital. 

Singapore recorded 34 cases yesterday and has totaled 61,453 cases and 31 deaths since the outbreak began.

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