Four Regular servicemen from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) were identified as imported cases for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The affected servicemen were on official duty in Marseille, France between 15 February and 7 March 2020, and returned to Singapore on 8 March and developed symptoms soon thereafter. All four servicemen tested positive for the COVID-19 on either 10 or 11 March 2020. They 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. None of the four servicemen had been at their workplace or other 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.