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Coronavirus: 12-year-old RI student and his family member among 3 new confirmed cases

[SINGAPORE] Three new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) were confirmed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (Feb 27), including one who is linked to a previous case.

Meanwhile four others have recovered and were discharged.

This brings the total number of cases here to 96, of which 66 have fully recovered.

The ministry said eight of the 30 patients who are still in hospital are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

The new cases include a 64-year-old woman, a 44-year-old man and a 12-year-old Raffles Institution student, all are Singaporeans.

Case 94, a 64-year-old woman, stays in the Jalan Jurong Kechil area.

She fell ill on Feb 11 and saw a doctor at a general practitioner (GP) clinic on Feb 17, and again on Feb 20.

On Feb 24, she saw the GP again and was referred to Singapore General Hospital where she was warded in an isolation room.

Tests confirmed that she had the virus on Wednesday afternoon.

Case 95, a 44-year-old man, also tested positive on Thursday morning.

He was linked to case 93, a 38-year-old man who was confirmed to have the virus on Wednesday.

Neither had recent travel history to China or Daegu city and Cheongdo county in South Korea.

Case 96 is a 12-year-old boy, linked to Case 94, with no recent travel history to China, Daegu and Cheongdo.

He was confirmed to have the infection on Feb 27, and is currently warded in an isolation room at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. He is a student at Raffles Institution.

The discharged cases include two Chinese nationals and two Singaporeans from the Grace Assembly of God church cluster:- Case 18, a 31-year-old woman from Wuhan who arrived in Singapore on Jan 22. She had been warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases NCID) since Jan 31.

- Case 72, a 40-year-old man from China who holds a Singapore work pass. He is a non-medical contact of the private hospital doctor who was discharged on Wednesday.

- Case 78, a 57-year-old Singaporean woman who is linked to the senior pastor of the Grace Assembly of God church. She is an employee of St Luke’s Hospital but did not work in the wards or clinics and had no direct contact with patients.

- Case 80, a 38-year-old Singaporean woman who works at the National University Hospital in an administrative capacity. She is linked to case 66, a man who works at the Grace Assembly of God church.

With 23 cases, the Grace Assembly of God church remains the largest cluster.

It has been linked to another cluster at the Life Church and Missions Singapore, which was visited by tourists from Wuhan on Jan 19.Other clusters so far include the Yong Thai Hang health products shop, the Grand Hyatt Singapore and a Seletar Aerospace Heights construction sit.

THE STRAITS TIMES