Singapore Sees First Case of School-Based Covid Transmission

Singapore reported its first case of school-based Covid-19 transmission as an outbreak in the city-state showed little signs of abating.

A student at a local school contracted the virus after his classmate tested positive on Wednesday, according to a statement by the Ministry of Education Saturday. Close contacts of both pupils have been placed under quarantine.

Singapore reported 22 new cases of locally-transmitted infections Saturday, of which eight are currently untraceable, the government said in a separate statement. There were 7 imported cases that were already put into isolation. That compares with 30 new community cases found Friday, and eight unlinked infections.

Previous cases this month involving school children included clusters that originated at private learning centers. Students from 30 schools have been infected in the past four weeks, the Straits Times reported Friday. The government this week suspended most school classes and shifted to home-based learning in part amid concern virus mutations have made children more vulnerable.

A resurgence in infections has forced the Southeast Asian nation back into lockdown-like conditions it last imposed a year ago in a bid to slow transmissions. The government has also stepped up testing across the nation.

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Repeated waves of Covid-19 “clearly show that no country is safe in a pandemic until everyone else is safe,” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at the G20 Global Health Summit on Friday. “Beyond individual efforts, close international and multilateral cooperation is also essential.”

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said the number of Covid-19 cases in the country was stabilizing Saturday, according to a Straits Times report. New cases have not surged in the past week because of stricter precautions Singapore has taken, he was cited as saying.

Among cases reported on Friday were employees of Standard Chartered Plc and brokerage UOB Kay Hian Pte, the government said. Others include a technician at Singapore Refining Company Pte, a shipping executive, and two prison inmates.

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