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Two of most recent COVID-19 cases in Singapore ‘imported virus’ from Indonesia

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 10, 2020   /   07:50 am
Two of most recent COVID-19 cases in Singapore ‘imported virus’ from Indonesia An employee wearing a face mask fills up a motorcycle at a gas station on Jl. Proklamasi in Depok, West Java, on Monday. (JP/Riand Alfiandy)

The Singaporean Health Ministry announced on Monday that two of its most recent COVID-19 patients likely contracted the virus in Indonesia.

“Case 152 is an imported case involving a 65 year-old male Indonesian national who arrived in Singapore on March 7,” the ministry stated on its website. “He reported onset of symptoms on Feb. 28 while he was in Indonesia and had sought treatment at a hospital in Jakarta on March 2. He presented at [Singapore General Hospital] on March 7. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on [March 8] afternoon,” the report said.

On the same day, the Singaporean government announced Case 153, a Singaporean woman that was “likely” to have contracted the virus in Indonesia while she visited her sister who had pneumonia.

“Case 153 is likely to be an imported case involving a 65 year-old female Singaporean citizen who had been in Indonesia from Feb. 25 to Feb. 28. She reported that while she was in Indonesia, she had visited her sister who had pneumonia,” the ministry reported.
“She reported onset of symptoms on March 3 and had sought treatment at Choa Chu Kang Polyclinic on the same day and on March 7,” the report went on.

Earlier, an Indonesian in Singapore, referred to as Case 147, also showed a similar pattern with Case 152. He showed symptoms in Indonesia prior to departing for Singapore.

“Case 147 is an imported case involving a 64 year-old male Indonesian national who arrived in Singapore on March 7,” it said. “He reported onset of symptoms on March 3 while he was in Indonesia,” it went on.

Also on Monday, the Singaporean government announced that it would not cover the hospitalization cost for foreigners holding short-term visit passes. The new rule has been in force since Saturday.

“The government will continue to pay the COVID-19 testing fees and hospital bills in full for Singapore residents and long-term pass holders who are admitted to public hospitals for COVID-19,” it said. (evi)


If you want to help in the fight against COVID-19, we have compiled an up-to-date list of community initiatives designed to aid medical workers and low-income people in this article. Link: [UPDATED] Anti-COVID-19 initiatives: Helping Indonesia fight the outbreak