SINGAPORE, May 18 (Bernama): A 34-year-old Malaysian man is the new COVID-19 case linked to the Marina Bay Sands casino concessionaire group and has tested preliminary positive for the B1617 variant, according to the Ministry of Health of the republic (MOH).
In its comprehensive data released late last night, the Department of Health said the man is currently unemployed and a family contact of the first case in the cluster, a 36-year-old Malaysian man who works as a dealer at Marina Bay Sands Casino and has was confirmed to have a Covid-19 infection on May 16.
“He developed a fever and cough on May 12 and sought medical treatment at a GP clinic on May 15, where he tested positive for his rapid antigen test. He was immediately isolated and a polymerase chain reaction test was performed the same day.
“His test result came back positive for Covid-19 infection on May 16. His serology test result is pending. He tested preliminarily positive for the B1617 variant and is awaiting further confirmatory testing,” the ministry said.
With the latest case, the group of dealers at Marina Bay Sands casino is now made up of three cases with another case involving a 35-year-old Singaporean man who also works as a dealer at Marina Bay Sands casino.
The republic, which has strengthened security management measures in the community from May 16, has a total number of cases of 61,613 so far.
It has 16 open clusters so far, with the largest linked to Changi Airport’s Terminal 3, which has 78 confirmed cases. – Bernama