Photo of Gan Kim Yong from Straits Times

The Singapore government has officially lost control: the country saw a 50% jump in infected cases after it broke the 100th mark ten days ago.

12 new confirmed cases were reported yesterday (March 8), bringing the total to 150.

Of the 12, nine are said to be linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster. One is an Italian national who brought the virus from Italy, and one Singaporean who was infected from unknown links.

The Ministry of Health is still unable to find the source of infection behind the SAFRA Jurong cluster, and it stopped publishing the total number of confirmed cases a few days ago. The government also stopped publishing the number of uncontactable suspect cases last month, to avoid public criticisms.

Government propaganda is running headlines of praising the Singapore Police for contact tracing effort. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong has surrendered to the outbreak, claiming that the virus is “long-term” and suggesting that borders control be removed as “we have to live with it”.

About the confirmed cases

Case 139

5. Case 139 is a 71 year-old male Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. He is currently warded in an isolation room at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH). He is a family member of Cases 140 and 142, and is linked to the cluster involving the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong.

6. He reported onset of symptoms on 3 March and had sought treatment at a general practitioner (GP) clinic on 5 March. He presented at NTFGH on 6 March, and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 7 March afternoon.

7. Prior to hospital admission, he had mostly stayed at his home at Jurong West Street 81.

Case 140

8. Case 140 is a 62 year-old female Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She is currently warded in an isolation room at NTFGH. She is a family member of Cases 139 and 142, and is linked to the cluster involving the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong.

9. She reported onset of symptoms on 28 February and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on 29 February and 5 March. She presented at NTFGH on 6 March, and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 7 March afternoon.

10. Prior to hospital admission, she had gone to work Landom Distributions Pte Ltd (31 Jurong Port Road). She stays at Jurong West Street 81.

Case 141

11. Case 141 is a 69 year-old male Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. He is currently warded in an isolation room at NTFGH.

12. He reported onset of symptoms on 1 March and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on 3 March and 6 March. He was conveyed in an ambulance to NTFGH on 6 March. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 7 March afternoon.

13. Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Innovation Centre (71 Nanyang Drive) as a cleaning staff employed by NTU’s cleaning services vendor. He stays at Jurong West Street 64.

Case 142

14. Case 142 is a 26 year-old male Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. He is currently warded in an isolation room at NTFGH. He is a family member of Cases 139 and 140, and is linked to the cluster involving the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong.

15. He reported onset of symptoms on 5 March, and presented at NTFGH on 6 March. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 7 March afternoon.

16. Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work at First Page Digital Singapore (144 Robinson Road) and visited The Aperia Mall (12 Kallang Avenue). He stays at Jurong West Street 81.

Case 143

17. Case 143 is a 42 year-old male Singapore Permanent Resident who had been in Thailand from 4 March to 6 March. He is currently warded in an isolation room at National University Hospital (NUH). He is a family member of Case 132[1].

18. He reported onset of symptoms on 5 March while he was in Thailand. He returned to Singapore on 6 March night and went directly to NUH from Changi Airport. Subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 7 March afternoon.

19. He stays at Tanglin Road.

Case 144

20. Case 144 is a 58 year-old female Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She is currently warded in an isolation room at NTFGH. She is a contact of Case 140, and is linked to the cluster involving the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong.

21. She reported onset of symptoms on 3 March and had sought treatment at a GP clinic on the same day, and on 5 March. She presented to NTFGH on 7 March, and subsequent test results confirmed COVID-19 infection on 7 March afternoon.

22. She is a hairdresser at her home at Jurong West Street 74, and had attended to customers after onset of symptoms.

Case 145

23. Case 145 is a 67 year-old female Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 8 March morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. She is a contact of Cases 107 and 134, and is linked to the cluster involving the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong.

Case 146

24. Case 146 is a 64 year-old female Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 8 March morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. She is a contact of Case 134, and is linked to the cluster involving the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong.

Case 147

25. Case 147 is an imported case involving a 64 year-old male Indonesian national who arrived in Singapore on 7 March. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 8 March morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

Case 148

26. Case 148 is a 67 year-old female Singapore Citizen who had been in Indonesia from 11 February to 14 February. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 8 March morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. She is a contact of Case 107, and is linked to the cluster involving the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong.

Case 149

27. Case 149 is a 62 year-old male Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. He was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 8 March morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. He is linked to the cluster involving the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong.

Case 150

28. Case 150 is a 53 year-old female Singapore Permanent Resident who has no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 8 March morning, and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. She is a contact of Cases 115 and 134, and is linked to the cluster involving the private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong.