New COVID-19 cluster emerges in Singapore involving Papua New Guinea workers

Singapore’s COVID-19 nasal swab test kit. Photo: Josephine Teo/Facebook
Singapore’s COVID-19 nasal swab test kit. Photo: Josephine Teo/Facebook

Singapore yesterday reported a new COVID-19 cluster just weeks after closing its last one in March. 

A 44-year-old man from Papua New Guinea, who tested positive for the disease on Monday, has been linked to three previous cases, according to the health ministry. The unnamed person arrived in Singapore from Australia on March 25 for work and was confirmed to have the coronavirus during quarantine. He previously tested negative five times. 

The ministry has classified his case under community infection. 

The man had come into contact with three infected people, the ministry added. Two of them were his co-workers from Papua New Guinea, who had been on the same flight as the third person, a Colombian national. They were found with the infection between March 30 and April 1. 

Singapore also recorded 26 imported infections yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 60,719. Thirty people have died of COVID-19 here. 

Dozens of clusters had emerged in Singapore after the pandemic began. The ministry announced on March 25 that it had closed the last one, which was linked to a cabin crew member. 

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