COVID-19 case detected through community surveillance at Tekka Centre


Singapore reports 6 new COVID-19 cases today (28 November), MOH said in a press release.

The 6 cases include one case in the community. The case was detected from MOH’s community surveillance testing of stallholders in and around Tekka Centre on 26 November.

MOH said her serological test result has come back positive. This indicates that it is likely a past infection.

There are no new cases in the dormitories.  This marks 18 days of zero cases in the dormitories. 

The other 5 cases are imported cases who had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore.

“We are still working through the details of the cases, and further updates will be shared via the MOH press release that will be issued tonight,” MOH said.

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Community surveillance

MOH has been progressively rolling out community surveillance to various identified groups across the islands. These groups include stallholders, food deliverers, merchants and cleaners.

So far, such community testing operations have been carried out in Marine Parade, Ang Mo Kio, Taman Jurong and Tekka Centre. Except for the one case reported today, all the others who participated in the voluntary testing tested negative.

“In the coming weeks, we will also be offering COVID-19 testing to individuals working at key delivery centres (e.g. Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre) and key logistics delivery companies,” MOH said.

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Co-chair of the Multi-Ministry Taskforce, Lawrence Wong said earlier in November that Singapore could transit to Phase 3 by year-end ‘if all the stars are aligned’. The timing of Phase 3 will be contingent on everyone playing their part.

Aside from that, a condition for Phase 3 is a 70% participation rate in the TraceTogether programme.

TraceTogether has helped to speed up contact tracing, reducing the time taken from four days to less than two days.



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