Covid-19 Updates: Two more NTU students test positive, bringing total semester’s case count to four

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[August 24, 8.40 pm]

Two more NTU students have tested positive for Covid-19 — one who lives outside of campus and another who is a Hall 13 resident, wrote the university President’s Office in an email to students on Tuesday (Aug 24).

Both were fully vaccinated, are receiving medical treatment and are coping well, the email stated. Their close contacts have been placed under quarantine or phone surveillance by the Ministry of Health, it added.

“All affected students will continue to receive their respective schools’ support during this period,” stated the email.

This brings NTU’s total Covid-19 case count this semester to four infections, two of which involve Hall 13 residents. 

On Monday, 38 residents from Hall 13 Block 61 received mandatory Antigen Rapid Tests after viral fragments were detected in wastewater samples. All 38 residents tested negative, the President’s Office added in its Tuesday email.

“We will continue to monitor the wastewater signals closely,” it wrote.

In the email, Deputy President and Provost Ling San and Senior Vice President (Administration) Tan Aik Na once again urged students and staff to get vaccinated if they are eligible to do so.

[August 21, 1.20 pm: Fully vaccinated student tests positive for Covid-19]

Xinwei Chong

An NTU student who is fully vaccinated has tested positive for Covid-19, wrote the President’s Office in an email to students and staff on Saturday afternoon (Aug 21).

All close contacts of the student have been placed on leave of absence by the university, the email stated. Some of them were also served quarantine orders by the Ministry of Health (MOH), wrote Deputy President and Provost Ling San and Senior Vice President (Administration) Tan Aik Na in the joint email.

They advised students and staff members on campus to get vaccinated and take greater responsibility for their safety as safe management restrictions start to ease.

“Please continue to observe all safe management measures on our campuses, which include safe distancing, wearing masks at all times, and use of the TraceTogether app,” they added.

[August 17: NTU student tests positive, linked to off-campus case]

Xinwei Chong

An NTU student has tested positive for Covid-19, wrote the President’s Office in an email to students and staff on Tuesday night (Aug 17).

The student is linked to a case outside of the school and has not been on campus since the infection.

All close contacts of the student will be notified directly by the Ministry of Health, wrote Deputy President and Provost Ling San and Senior Vice President (Administration) Tan Aik Na in the joint email.

“MOH has advised that the University need not conduct any contact tracing and that no further action is required by us,” they added.

NTU did not immediately respond to Soapbox’s request for comment.

Both Mr Ling and Ms Tan advised students on campus to remain vigilant and adhere to all safe management measures.

“While the majority of our students and employees have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the risk of spreading the disease remains,” they said.

“We strongly encourage anyone who is not feeling well to see a doctor and remain at home until they have recovered.”

This is a developing story.

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