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At least 10 local COVID cases of Indian variants in Singapore, half in TTSH cluster

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SINGAPORE — At least 10 COVID-19 cases of the Indian variants have been detected in Singapore's community, with half linked to the Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) cluster, including the 46-year-old Filipino nurse who is fully-vaccinated.

Of the five linked to the TTSH cluster, one is a fully-vaccinated doctor who attended to patients in Ward 9D, and the remaining three are patients of the ward aged between 57 and 79.

The TTSH or "Case 62541" cluster, named after the nurse's case number, has 40 cases, including one fatality, linked to it to date. An 88-year-old patient who stayed at the hospital's Ward 9D died due to complications from COVID-19 on Saturday.

The remaining five infected with the variants include a 38-year-old Singaporean man who works as an Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer deployed at Changi Airport Terminal 1, and a fully-vaccinated 39-year-old Vietnamese woman who works as a cleaner employed by Octo Jet Building Maintenance Services, and deployed at a community care facility at Tuas South.

Two of the cases in the latter group are linked to two separate clusters. The "Case 62517" cluster, named after the ICA's case number, has 11 cases linked to it, of which 10 are his family members. The "Case 62553" cluster, named after the cleaner's case number, has four cases linked to it.

The other three cases of the Indian variants are linked to the four-case "Case 62045" cluster, named after a 41-year-old female permanent resident who works as an accountant at OM Universal at 11 Kaki Bukit Road.

These 10 local cases are part of a total of 131 cases of the Indian variants – B.1.617 and B.1.617.1-3 – in Singapore as of Monday.

The B.1.617.1 and B.1.617.3 have the E484Q mutation, but B.1.617.2 does not.

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As of Monday, Singapore also has 188 cases of the UK variant, of which seven are local cases, as well as 11 imported cases who have tested preliminarily positive for it. There are also 166 cases of the South African variant detected here, with eight of them local cases.

Three other local cases are of the Brazilian strain and 1 of the B.1.525 strain.

Altogether, there are 29 local cases and 475 imported of various strains as of Monday.

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