July 10, 2020 | 7:17 PM IST
COVID-19 cases

Singapore successfully establishes links in COVID-19 cases using new testing method

The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Singapore has been successful in establishing links in Coronavirus cases in the country by using a new testing method. The serological test has been developed by researchers from the Duke-NUS Medical School and is the world’s first in attempting to link clusters of Coronavirus cases.

The ministry said that the researchers found that the infection was transmitted by an elderly couple, aged 83 and 91, who had come from Wuhan and were instrumental in passing on the diseases.

The couple had attended a Chinese New Year gathering on January 25 at The Life Church and Missions church and Grace Assembly of God church at Mei Hwan Drive and got infected by a 28-year-old man who works at the Grace Assembly of God and lives at Mei Hwan Drive. He was the primary case of the church cluster. Following this, sixteen cases were reported from the church.

The MOH issued an official statement stating that the research team at Duke-NUS Medical School had earlier successfully cultured the COVID-19 virus in less than a week after Singapore confirmed its first COVID-19 case.

It further said that the team then used the virus and genetic material from the virus to develop several specific laboratory tests to detect the virus-specific antibodies for contact tracing and other applications.

Presently, Singapore has over 90 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.

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