Education Minister Ong Ye Kung

39 students and 11 staffs at East Spring Secondary School may be infected with COVID-19 after they came into close contact with a 15 year old Sec 3 student.

All 50 are now on stay-home orders, and their status is pending a second test at the end of the self-isolation period. Many coronavirus patients do not test positive until after an incubation period.

The infected student was detected only on Sunday (Jun 28), and her cause of infection is unknown. She saw a doctor only on Saturday evening (Jun 27) despite having exhibiting symptoms earlier while in class.

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung has earlier promised that students will not be infected at schools, and went against the wishes of parents to stop school until Singapore’s coronavirus outbreak is under control.

As of April 3, 69 students and staff members in schools under the Ministry of Education (MOE), including the institutes of higher learning, were reported to have been infected with Covid-19.

Singapore is still reporting hundreds of new cases each day, and the number of unlinked community infection is on the rise.

The European Union a week earlier on June 23 published a list of 54 countries for a travel bubble, excluding Singapore.