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Singapore Reports First Locally Transmitted Omicron Case

The 24-year-old woman, who works in a service role, ‘may have interacted with transit passengers from Omicron-affected countries’, the health ministry said

The bunch of short-term vaccine travel lane arrivals are people visiting friends and relatives in Singapore, which would have minimal impact on tourism spending, such as on accommodation, analysts said. Photo: Reuters.


Singapore detected its first locally transmitted case of the Covid variant Omicron in a member of staff at its airport, authorities said late on Thursday, and they warned that more cases may be detected.

The 24-year-old Singaporean woman, who works in a service role in the airport, “may have interacted with transit passengers from Omicron-affected countries”, the health ministry said in a statement.

She tested preliminarily positive for Omicron as a part of the routine testing for frontline workers, it said, noting she was fully vaccinated and asymptomatic.

A second Omicron case reported on Tuesday was a traveller from Germany. Both individuals had received vaccine booster shots, the health ministry said.

More Cases Likely

The cases are currently pending further genome sequencing to confirm the variant. Singapore had previously detected three Omicron cases, all found in overseas travellers.

“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,” the health ministry said.

Singapore has vaccinated 96% of its eligible population, and authorities are urging the public to get booster shots amid concerns over the Omicron variant.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard





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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.


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