A 23-year-old Indian national with a work permit who had received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine was the sole locally transmitted case among 20 infections confirmed yesterday in Singapore.
The Ministry of Health warned that an individual can get infected even after vaccination.
"This case is a reminder that it is possible for vaccinated individuals to get infected. But the vaccine is effective in preventing symptomatic disease for a vast majority of those immunised," the health ministry stated, according to media reports.
The Indian, who worked as a lashing specialist and lived in a dormitory, was detected as COVID-19 positive through pooled rostered routine testing last week, according to a news report.
After his polled test results came positive, he was immediately isolated and an individual test was conducted. When the second result too was positive, he was taken to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.
The Indian man testing positive for COVID-19 was the first in a workers' dormitory since February 28. Such facilities housing foreign workers had the highest COVID-19 cases during the peak of the coronavirus spread last year.
Epidemiological investigations are underway, while all identified close contacts of the Indian man have been isolated.
Singapore has so far reported 60,653 Covid-19 infections. With 13 patients discharged yesterday, the total number of recoveries reached 60,320.
As of now, 58 patients remain in hospitals and one is in intensive care while 230 are recuperating in community facilities. Singapore has had 30 deaths from COVID-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.