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Number of COVID-19 cases in environmental services including cleaners

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament
Dr Tan Wu Meng
MP for Jurong GRC

Question No. 795

To ask the Minister for Health (a) to date, how many workers in the environmental services sector, including cleaners, have been infected with COVID-19 in total and since 1 January 2021 respectively; (b) of these, how many are infected with the Delta / B.1.617.2 strain or other variants of increased infectivity; and (c) at the time of infection, how many are working in or had recent deployment in healthcare frontline settings.

Written Answer

1 Jan 2021 – 28 Jun 2021, 64 individuals working in environmental services, providing services such as cleaning and housekeeping, were infected with COVID-19. Five of them were deployed in frontline settings including hospitals and community care facilities.

Phylogenetic sequencing was successful for 61 of them. Of these, 59 cases were found to be infected with the Delta variant and the remaining two were infected with B.1.466.2 and B.1.524, which are non-Variants of Concern.

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