Four Singapore Airmen Contracts COVID-19 While on Official Duty to France

Four Regular servicemen from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) were identified as imported cases for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said in a statement.

The affected servicemen were on official duty in Marseille, France for February 15 to March 7, and returned to Singapore on March 8 and developed symptoms soon thereafter.

All four servicemen tested positive for the COVID-19 on either March 10-11 and have been identified by the Ministry of Health as Case 165, Case 169, Case 173 and Case 175. Three of the servicemen are currently warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), and one is warded at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

According to MINDEF, none of the four servicemen had been at their workplace or other Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) premises since their return from France.

Two other RSAF Regular servicemen on the same overseas duty as the affected servicemen have also returned to Singapore and are currently well, but placed on Home Quarantine as they were close contacts.

“The SAF had already reduced its overseas training deployments and exercises in view of the COVID-19 outbreak, and will continue to adjust such activities where necessary depending on the conditions within the host country. All SAF personnel, both locally and abroad, have been instructed to take precautionary measures which include social distancing to mitigate the risk of infection”, said the MINDEF statement.

The first case of COVID-19 infection was reported on February 15.

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