Jurong fishing port delta variant was probably introduced by boats
SINGAPORE – The Delta variant which has been identified as the source of infections in the Jurong fishing port cluster may have been introduced by fishing boats, the director of medical services at the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday (July 20). Health (MOH), Associate Professor Kenneth Mak.
Speaking at a virtual press conference, he said that through phylogenetic testing, “we have identified that the VOC, or variant of concern, has characteristics that (are) similar to what we have seen in d ‘other cases which have been detected in cases imported from Indonesia “.
“So we believe that the COVID-19 infection in this group was introduced, possibly via a sea route into the fishing port, possibly from Indonesian fishing boats or others that brought fish in. the port, ”he said.
Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Monday that the variant was “genetically different from the Delta variant which infected Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Changi Airport.”
Professor Mak said that it is very difficult to maintain a safe distance and secure management measures, due to the hot and humid environment of the port and the arduous nature of the activities there. “Some masked activity and close interactions would probably have taken place between the people there,” he explained. “Transmission through fomites, on contaminated services and at stalls, remains a strong possibility of transmission.”
However, there is no evidence to suggest that transmission occurs through contaminated fish. “We believe that the fish we eat and still enjoy is safe to eat.”
At least one possible link with the KTV cluster
Prof Mak also shared that contact tracing and epidemiological investigations have identified a potential link of activity shared between different groups. For example, he said, “there was at least one person who worked at Jurong fishing port who had frequented (a) KTV lounge during that person’s contagious period.” However, it is not possible to verify whether this person transmitted an infection.
Likewise, it is not possible to identify a specific super spreader leading to the large cluster that has emerged currently. “It is also not possible for us to identify a specific case, and to say that it is the case which led to the transmission of the infection from the boats to the fishing port, and from the port to the wet markets through the island. “
As of Monday, there were 193 cases in the KTV lounge / club cluster and 179 cases in the Jurong Fishery Port / Hong Lim Market & Food Center cluster.
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