The Ministry of Health (MOH) has detected a cluster of three COVID-19 cases linked to Anytime Fitness (Bukit Timah Shopping Centre), of whom two have tested preliminarily positive for the Omicron variant and the result for the remaining case is pending. All three cases are fully vaccinated and have mild symptoms. MOH is ringfencing the cases through contact tracing.
2. Case 280856 is a 24 year-old male who is unemployed. He developed a sore throat and fever on 18 December 2021 and sought medical attention at a General Practitioner (GP) clinic where he underwent a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. His test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on the same day.
3. Case 280951is an 18 year-old female who is a student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and was last in school on 15 December. She developed a sore throat and fever on 18 December and sought medical attention at a GP clinic where she was tested for COVID-19. Her PCR test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 19 December.
4. Case 280990 is a 21 year old male who is a student at At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy but had not been to school recently. He developed a sore throat on 18 December and sought medical attention at a GP clinic where he was tested for COVID-19. His PCR test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 19 December.
5. All three cases had no recent travel history. Our epidemiological investigations found that they recently visited Anytime Fitness (Bukit Timah Shopping Centre) between 15 December and 17 December 2021.
6. Staff and visitors of Anytime Fitness (Bukit Timah Shopping Centre)who are identified to be close contacts of the cases will be placed on quarantine. As a precautionary measure, other visitors to the gym between 15 December and 17 December will be issued Health Risk Warnings (HRW). They will also be contacted by MOH for a one-time targeted PCR test.
7. All visitors to the affected premises are advised to monitor their health closely, and minimise social interactions as far as possible, for 14 days from their date of visit. They are encouraged to see a doctor immediately if they feel unwell.
8. To date, there are 71 confirmed Omicron cases detected in Singapore, with 65 imported cases and 6local cases. Given its high transmissibility and spread to many parts of the world, we should expect to find more Omicron cases at our borders and also within our community. It is important for everyone to continue to play their part and remain vigilant to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and to come forward to receive your vaccination or booster dose when offered.
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
20 DECEMBER 2021