COVID-19 Daily Update 2020-03-17: 17 New Confirmed Cases, Total 243 in SG Now

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As of 17 March 2020, 10am, there are 243 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Singapore. On 16 March 2020, there were 17 new confirmed cases.

The 227th confirmed patient is a 53-year-old male Singaporean

  • 7-12 Mar 2020: in France
  • 11 Mar 2020: developed symptoms while in France
  • 14 Mar 2020: visited National University Hospital (NUH) emergency department
  • 15 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at NUH
  • Works at Lighthouse Evangelism Church (Tampines Street 82)
  • Lives at Pasir Panjang Road

The 228th confirmed patient is a 67-year-old male Singaporean

  • No recent travel history to affected countries and regions
  • 3 Mar 2020: developed symptoms
  • 3 Mar, 11 Mar, 13 Mar 2020: sought treatment at GP clinic
  • 13 Mar 2020: visited Changi General Hospital (CGH) emergency department
  • Currently warded at CGH
  • 15 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Lives at Sea Breeze Avenue

The 229th confirmed patient is a 26-year-old female Singapore permanent resident

  • 14 Feb – 14 Mar 2020: in Spain
  • 15 Mar 2020: developed symptoms
  • 15 Mar 2020: sought treatment at GP clinic
  • 15 Mar 2020: visited National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID)
  • 15 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at NUH
  • Linked to Case 240
  • Lives at Kim Keat Road

The 230th confirmed patient is a 38-year-old female Singaporean

  • 3-14 Mar 2020: in Eastern Europe
  • 14 Mar 2020: developed symptoms
  • 15 Mar 2020: visited NCID
  • 15 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at NCID
  • Works as an adjunct teaching staff at Republic Polytechnic & Singapore Polytechnic
  • Lives at Ewe Boon Road

The 231st confirmed patient is a 78-year-old male Australian national who is a Singapore Work Pass holder

  • 23 Feb-14 Mar 2020: in United States
  • 4 Mar 2020: developed symptoms
  • 14 Mar 2020: visited Singapore General Hospital (SGH) emergency department
  • 15 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at SGH
  • Lives at Robertson Quay area

The 232nd confirmed patient is a 65-year-old female Australian national who is a Singapore Work Pass holder

  • 23 Feb-14 Mar 2020: in United States
  • 2 Mar 2020: developed symptoms
  • 14 Mar 2020: visited SGH emergency department
  • 15 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at SGH
  • Linked to Case 231
  • Lives at Robertson Quay area

The 233rd confirmed patient is a 61-year-old male British national who is a Singapore Long Term Pass holder

  • 6-14 Mar 2020: in United Kingdom
  • 16 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at NCID

The 234th confirmed patient is a 86-year-old male Singaporean

  • No recent travel history to affected countries and regions
  • 16 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at SGH

The 235th confirmed patient is a 31-year-old female Singaporean

  • No recent travel history to affected countries and regions
  • 16 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at SGH
  • Part of Church of Singapore (Bukit Timah) (2B Hindhede Road) Cluster
  • Linked to Case 208, a 26-year-old female Singapore Citizen
  • Works as a medical social worker at SGH

The 236th confirmed patient is a 30-year-old female Singaporean

  • No recent travel history to affected countries and regions
  • 16 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at NCID
  • Part of SAFRA Jurong Cluster
  • Linked to Case 142, a 26-year-old male Singaporean

The 237th case is a 36-year-old female Indonesian who is a Singapore Work Pass holder

  • No recent travel history to affected countries and regions
  • 16 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at NCID
  • Linked to Case 225, a 63-year-old male Singaporean who had been in Indonesia from 3 March to 7 March

The 238th confirmed patient is a 83-year-old female Belgian

  • 6 Mar 2020: arrived in Singapore
  • 16 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at NCID

The 239th confirmed patient is a 28-year-old British national who is a Singapore Work Pass holder

  • 7-14 Mar 2020: in France
  • 16 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at NCID

The 240th confirmed patient is a 27-year-old male Singapore permanent resident

  • 7-14 Mar 2020: in Spain
  • 16 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at NUH
  • Linked to Case 229

The 241st confirmed patient is a 28-year-old Briton who is a Singapore Work Pass holder

  • 7-14 Mar 2020: in France
  • 16 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at NCID

The 242nd confirmed patient is a 64-year-old female Singaporean

  • 7-8 Mar 2020: in Malaysia
  • 16 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at NCID
  • Part of SAFRA Jurong Cluster
  • Linked to Case 166, a 55 year-old female Singapore Citizen

The 243rd confirmed patient is a 36-year-old male Singaporean

  • 26-29 Feb 2020: in Germany
  • 29 Feb-7 Mar 2020: in Italy
  • 7-14 Mar 2020: in Switzerland
  • 16 Mar 2020: tested COVID-19 positive
  • Currently warded at NCID

Update on confirmed patients in Singapore

  • 109 fully recovered and discharged
  • 134 in hospital are mostly stable or improving
  • 13 in critical condition

Update on situation in China

  • 39 new cases
  • 81,116 cases in total
  • 13 new deaths
  • 3,231 deaths in total

Update on situation in South Korea

  • 84 new cases
  • 8,320 cases in total
  • 2 new deaths
  • 81 deaths in total
  • Learn more here

Malaysia to implement lock-down starting from 18 March 2020

  • Malaysia Government has implemented a restricted movement order to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in the country
  • From Mar 18 to Mar 31, all Malaysians are prohibited from leaving the country and foreign visitors are not allowed entry 
  • Malaysians will still be allowed to return to the country but they must undergo a health inspection and to self quarantine for 14 days
  • All businesses will be shut down except for those in essential services such as water and electricity
  • Learn more here

Trade and Industry Minister urges Singaporeans not to panic buy as there is sufficient stockpile

  • Since news of Malaysia’s lockdown, there are various concerns over the disruption of goods
  • Singapore has more than 3 months worth of stockpile if all Singaporeans buy responsibly
  • There is no cause for worry as Singapore has everything under control with a combination of stockpiling, local production and diversification of overseas sources
  • Learn more here

Hong Kong to implement 14-day home quarantine for all arrivals starting from 19 Mar 2020

  • According to statistics for Hong Kong, 50 of the latest 57 confirmed COVID-19 cases were people with recent travel history
  • Hence, a 14-day home quarantine will be implemented as there is a risk of visitors spreading the virus to Hong Kong, undoing the city’s precaution efforts all along
  • This will not apply to arrivals from mainland China, Macau or Taiwan
  • Learn more here
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