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  • #16
    CONFIRMED CASES OF LOCAL TRANSMISSION OF NOVEL CORONAVIRUS INFECTION IN SINGAPORE

    4TH FEB 2020


    As of 4 February 2020, 2 pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed six additional cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in Singapore. Four of these cases involve human-to-human transmission in Singapore. Eighteen confirmed cases were earlier announced by MOH.

    2. Three of the local transmission cases can be traced to contact with recent travellers from Mainland China. The fourth case is a close contact of one of the local transmission cases. The remaining two were from among the group of Singaporeans who were evacuated from Wuhan on 30 January.

    3. Though four of these cases constitute a local transmission cluster, there is as yet no evidence of widespread sustained community transmission in Singapore.

    About the confirmed cases

    Case 19

    4. She is a 28 year-old female Singapore resident who has no recent travel history to China. She is currently warded in an isolation room at Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

    5. She works at Yong Thai Hang at 24 Cavan Road, a complementary health products shop that primarily serves Chinese tourists. She reported developing sore throat and fever on 29 January, and sought treatment at a general practitioner clinic on the same day. On 30 January, she went to Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s emergency department, and was discharged when her chest x-ray came back negative for pneumonia. She reported that she had not left her home at Jalan Bukit Merah from 31 January to 2 February.

    6. On 3 February, she went to Singapore General Hospital (SGH). As she was diagnosed with pneumonia this time, she was classified as a suspect case and immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection on 3 February past 11pm.

    Case 20

    7. She is a 48 year-old female Singapore resident who has no recent travel history to China. She is currently warded in an isolation room at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).

    8. She is a colleague of Case 19 and stays at Hougang Street 61. She reported onset of symptoms on 25 January.

    9. On 3 February, she went to NCID. Given that she is a colleague of Case 19, she was classified as a suspect case and immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection this morning.

    Case 21

    10. She is a 44 year-old female Indonesian national who has no recent travel history to China. She is currently warded in an isolation room at SGH.

    11. She is Case 19’s foreign domestic worker, and resides at Jalan Bukit Merah. She reported onset of symptoms on 2 February. As a close contact of Case 19, she was admitted to SGH emergency department on 3 February. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection this afternoon.

    12. She reported that she had not left her place of residence since onset of symptoms.

    Cases 22 and 23

    13. They are Singapore residents who were evacuated from Wuhan on 30 January. They were without symptoms when they boarded the flight, and were put under quarantine upon landing in Singapore.

    14. As an added precaution, all Singaporeans evacuated from Wuhan were tested for 2019-nCoV. The two cases tested positive on 3 February despite continuing to show no symptoms. They are now warded in isolation rooms at NCID.

    Case 24

    15. She is a 32 year-old female Singapore resident who has no recent travel history to China. She is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

    16. The case is a tourist guide who had brought tour groups to Yong Thai Hang at 24 Cavan Road, the same shop of which cases 19 and 20 are employees. She was asymptomatic when she went to NCID on 3 February, where she was immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection this afternoon.

    17. In addition to the above cases, Malaysia has also announced this afternoon a case involving a 42 year-old male Malaysian national who was in Singapore from 16 to 23 January for a business meeting at Grand Hyatt Hotel, which involved Chinese nationals. He had onset of symptoms after his return to Malaysia, and subsequently tested positive for 2019-nCoV on 3 February.

    18. MOH has initiated epidemiological investigations and contact tracing to identify individuals who had close contact with the cases.

    Additional Precautionary Measures

    19. The four cases of local transmission (cases 19, 20, 21 and 24) were identified as a result of enhanced surveillance at our hospitals. Though this cluster constitutes limited local transmission, there is as yet no evidence of widespread sustained community transmission. Three of the four cases can be traced to contact with recent travellers from Mainland China, and had prolonged interactions with these travellers. Pending confirmation from the Chinese authorities, the travellers are from Guangxi, and at least two of them have since been confirmed with 2019-nCoV infection.

    20. Singapore has been preparing for such clusters, and our measures implemented thus far have been directed towards preventing and containing the risk of spread beyond such local clusters to the broader community. As we have stepped up our surveillance, we expect to see more such local clusters in Singapore, including cases of local transmission.

    21. The following enhancements will be implemented as an added precaution in view of the latest developments.

    Enhanced personal hygiene and environmental cleaning

    22. Current evidence suggests that the likely modes of transmission are mainly through contact with droplets from infected individuals, either directly or indirectly through hands that have come into contact with these droplets. The virus can also transmit through surface contact. The most effective method to prevent such transmission is through good individual personal hygiene, and social responsibility on the part of those who are unwell. Everyone should wash their hands regularly, avoid touching their faces, and stay home if they are unwell.

    23. We must also pay more attention to keeping the environment around us clean. We have advised businesses and organisations to increase the frequency of cleaning, especially high-traffic premises such as food and beverage outlets, retail shops and hotels. Beyond this, we also urge individuals to play their part to keep their personal workspaces clean.

    Heightened measures for the vulnerable

    24. We have thus far taken a more cautious stance with vulnerable groups, including young children and the elderly. As an added precaution, our schools will be adopting additional measures to lower the risk of transmission among students and staff, including staggered recesses and suspension of school assemblies. Our pre-schools will suspend large group and communal activities.

    25. Our eldercare facilities will also suspend external excursions and large scale gatherings.

    Active case finding for similar cases

    26. We are also contacting individuals with profiles similar to the above four cases of local transmission, who have had recent close contact with individuals with travel history to Mainland China.

    27. MOH has also expanded surveillance efforts to conduct 2019-nCoV testing on all individuals with pneumonia at our hospitals since last week.

    Enhancements as part of calibrated efforts to evolving situation

    28. We are closely monitoring the situation, and will calibrate our posture accordingly as new developments arise.

    29. Our travel restrictions for those with travel history to Mainland China, and measures to place returned travellers under quarantine or leave of absence, will continue to help to contain the risk of spread.

    30. It is possible that there could be broader community spread despite our best efforts. Should that happen, we will consider additional measures to reduce human-to-human interactions, such as cancelling mass gatherings, suspending schools, and paring down non-essential care services, to slow the spread of disease.

    Discharge Case

    31. One of our earlier confirmed cases, Case 7, a 35 year old male Wuhan resident, has been discharged from NCID today. He has recovered, and has been comprehensively tested negative for the virus.

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    • #17
      Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapo...-we-know-about

      Singapore confirms first cases of local coronavirus transmission: What we know about the 6 new cases
      Published
      1 hour ago


      SINGAPORE - Singapore has recorded its first cases of local coronavirus transmission, with four women here infected who had not travelled to Wuhan.

      Two work at Yong Thai Hang, a Chinese health products shop in Cavan Road, in Lavender. The third is a maid of one of the women, while the fourth is a tour guide who had taken groups to the same shop.

      In addition, the Ministry of Health also confirmed another two cases: Singapore residents who were flown back here from Wuhan on a Scoot flight last Thursday (Jan 30).

      In total, there are now 24 confirmed cases here...

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      • #18
        Potentially exported cases.

        https://www.thestar.com.my/news/regi...onavirus-cases

        SEOUL/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An international business gathering at a plush Singapore hotel has been linked to coronavirus cases that have spread across the region, in a worrying sign of secondary transmissions from an epidemic that originated in China.

        Malaysia on Tuesday (Feb 4) said its first citizen to be infected with the virus - a 41-year-old man - had attended a meeting in Singapore in mid-January that had included several international delegations, some from China.

        A 38-year-old South Korean who came into contact with the Malaysian when he travelled to Singapore for a business conference has also been infected, the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Wednesday.
        .. snip...

        Singapore - one of the worst hit countries outside China in the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) - has reported 24 cases of coronavirus, including some local transmission cases....
        Last edited by kiwibird; February 16th, 2020, 03:50 PM.
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        • kiwibird
          kiwibird commented
          Editing a comment
          Report on one of the Singapore cases??? https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nati...cases-reported
          KUALA LUMPUR: Two more cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been reported in the country, with one of them being a Malaysian who travelled to a neighbouring country for a conference with international delegates, including those from China.... snip

          The 41-year-old man from Selangor had attended the meeting from Jan 16 to 23 and returned to Malaysia on Jan 23, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

          The patient, he added, had a travel history to Singapore....

      • #19
        Coronavirus: 4 more confirmed cases in Singapore, 28 cases so far


        febr 5, 2020

        SINGAPORE - Four more cases of the coronavirus infection were confirmed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (Feb 5), including the youngest patient confirmed so far, a six-month-old baby who is the child of an infected couple.

        Of the four new cases, three are linked to the cluster of local transmission announced on Tuesday, and one is an imported case involving a Chinese tourist from Wuhan.

        MOH reiterated that there is no evidence of widespread community transmission in Singapore for now.

        This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Singapore to 28.

        Outside China, Singapore has the second highest number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus which originated in China's Wuhan city. Japan has the most with 33 cases so far.

        On Tuesday, the Government said that Singapore recorded its first cases of local coronavirus transmission, with four women here infected who had not travelled to Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.

        Two of them - one Singaporean and one Singapore permanent resident - work at Yong Thai Hang, a Chinese health products shop in Cavan Road, in Lavender, that caters to Chinese tour groups.

        The third is an Indonesian maid of the PR, while the fourth is a Singaporean tour guide who had taken groups to the same shop.

        Another two confirmed cases were announced on Tuesday. The two Singaporeans were among a group of 92 people flown back to Singapore from Wuhan on a Scoot flight last Thursday. Before this, another two Singaporeans on the same flight had been reported as confirmed cases.


        SINGAPORE - Four more cases of the coronavirus infection were confirmed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (Feb 5).. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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        • #20
          Source: https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highligh...n-in-singapore

          5th Feb 2020

          As of 5 February 2020, 2pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed four additional cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in Singapore. Of these, three cases are linked to the cluster of local transmission announced yesterday, and one is an imported case involving a Chinese tourist from Wuhan.
          2. There is as yet no evidence of widespread community transmission in Singapore.

          About the confirmed cases
          Cases 22 and 23 (announced on 4 February)
          3. Cases 22 and 23 are male Singapore Citizens aged 41 and 17 respectively. They were among the Singaporeans who had been evacuated from Wuhan on 30 January. They are now warded in isolation rooms at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).


          Case 24 (announced on 4 February)
          4. Case 24, a 32 year-old female Singapore Citizen, went to NCID on 3 February, and was confirmed to have 2019-nCoV infection on 4 February at about 2pm. She is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.


          5. While she had previously reported that she was asymptomatic when she went to NCID, she subsequently informed NCID on 4 February night that she had developed a fever on 30 January.


          6. Prior to hospital admission, the case stayed at her home at Buangkok Green,and worked at Jalan Besar. She visited Hougang Polyclinic on 30 January, and went to a supermarket near her home.


          Case 25

          7. Case 25, a 40 year-old male Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to China, is the husband of Case 24. He is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

          8. The case reported that he developed a fever on 24 January. He visited Hougang Polyclinic with his wife on 30 January, and self-presented at NCID on 3 February, where he was immediately isolated. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection on 4 February at about 8pm.


          9. Prior to hospital admission, the case stayed at his home at Buangkok Green, and worked at Diamond Industries Jewellery Company at Harbour Drive which was visited by the same tour group from Guangxi. He indicated that he had visited Pasir Panjang Hawker Centre and had travelled by public transport. The risk of infection from transient contact, such as on public transport or in public places, is assessed to be low.


          Case 26
          10. Case 26 is a 42 year-old female Chinese national who arrived in Singapore from Wuhan on 21 January, and is the daughter of Case 13[1]. As she was symptomatic, she was conveyed by ambulance to NCID on the same day as her mother, and immediately isolated. She is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection on 4 February at about 8pm.


          Cases 27 and 28

          11. Cases 27 and 28 are family members of Case 19[2] who have no recent travel history to China. Case 27 is a 45 year-old male Singapore Citizen who is the husband of Case 19. He was tested positive for 2019-nCoV infection on 5 February at about 2pm, and is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

          12. Case 28 is a six month-old male Singapore Citizen who is the child of Cases 19 and 27. He was tested positive for 2019-nCoV infection on 5 February at about 2pm, and is currently warded in an isolation room at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.


          13. MOH has initiated epidemiological investigations and contact tracing to identify individuals who had close contact with the cases.


          Overseas cases who had been in Singapore
          14. The local cluster of transmission (involving Cases 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27 and 28) can be traced to contact with a tour group from Guangxi comprising 20 tourists who had visited Singapore from 22 to 23 January, and on 27 January (transit from 3 to 6am). The Chinese health authorities have confirmed that two travellers from the group have since been confirmed with 2019-nCoV infection.


          15. Besides Yong Thai Hang (24 Cavan Road) and Diamond Industries Jewellery Company (Harbour Drive), the tour group also visited Meeting You Restaurant (14 Hamilton Road), Royal Dragon Restaurant (2 Havelock Road), T Galleria by DFS (25 Scotts Road) and D’Resort @ Downtown East (1 Pasir Ris Close). It has been almost 14 days since the tourists visited these places. We have reached out to 142 contacts, and all but one are well. The person has been isolated as a suspect case and test results are pending.


          16. We have also conducted contact tracing of the crew and passengers of the departing flight on 27 January. Five are still in Singapore and they have been quarantined.


          17. In addition to the above cases, Malaysia and South Korea had on 4 February and 5 February respectively announced confirmed cases linked to a private business meeting involving 109 participants from the same company at Grand Hyatt Singapore from 20 to 22 January. There were 94 overseas participants, and all have left Singapore. We have informed the relevant overseas health authorities.


          18. Of the 15 Singapore residents, 11 are well and four have reported symptoms and have been referred to NCID for assessment.


          Update on condition of confirmed cases
          19. All new cases today are stable. Amongst the earlier 24 confirmed cases, one has been discharged. Of the remaining 23, most are stable or improving, except for one who requires additional oxygen support, but is not in the intensive care unit.


          Update on suspect cases
          20. As of 5 February 2020, 12pm, 295 of the suspect cases have tested negative for 2019-nCoV, and 28 have tested positive (Cases 27 and 28 were confirmed at about 2pm, 5 February). Test results for the remaining 62 cases are pending.


          Update on contact tracing for confirmed cases
          21. Contact tracing for the confirmed cases is ongoing. Once identified, MOH will closely monitor all close contacts. As a precautionary measure, they will be quarantined for 14 days from their last exposure to the patient. In addition, all other identified contacts who have a low risk of being infected will be under active surveillance, and will be contacted daily to monitor their health status.


          22. As of 5 February 2020, 12pm, MOH has identified 379 close contacts. Of the 304 who are still in Singapore, 299 have been contacted and are being quarantined or isolated. Efforts are ongoing to contact the remaining five close contact.


          Health advisory

          23. Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel to Hubei Province and all non-essential travel to Mainland China.


          24. All travellers should monitor their health closely for two weeks upon return to Singapore and seek medical attention promptly if they feel unwell. Travellers should inform their doctor of their travel history. If they have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), they should wear a mask and call the clinic ahead of the visit.


          25. Travellers and members of the public should adopt the following precautions at all times:
          • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
          • Observe good personal hygiene;
          • Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
          • Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath;
          • Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
          • Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.
          26. MOH will continue to monitor the situation closely. As medical practitioners are on the lookout for suspect cases who have recently been in China, Singapore is likely to see more cases that will need to be investigated.

          [1] The 13th confirmed case is a 73 year-old female Chinese national who arrived in Singapore from Wuhan on 21 January, and was tested positive for 2019-nCoV on 30 January.

          [2] Case 19 is a 28 year-old female Singapore resident who has no recent travel history to China. She was tested positive for 2019-nCoV on 3 February.





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          • #21
            ◤Wuhan pneumonia ◢I was surprised that my husband and son were diagnosed

            February 05, 2020 0 reviews 5825

            (Singapore, 6th) 'I'm sorry for them!'

            The female salesperson of 'Yongtaihang' was surprised yesterday that her husband and 6-month-old son were confirmed to be infected with Wuhan pneumonia. She was very sad when interviewed and said, 'I'm really worried, I don't want to carry this black pot anymore, I'm sorry for them ... .... '

            The first transmission cluster appeared in Singapore the day before yesterday, and the four confirmed cases were all related to the Chinese medicine line 'Yongtai Line' of Cavan Road.

            A group of tourists from Guangxi, China visited the traditional Chinese medicine shop. Two 32-year-old maids, aged 48 and 28, and a 32-year-old maid, were also diagnosed.

            A 28-year-old female salesperson told a reporter from Xinming Daily that she might be infected when she applied oil to her customers.




            The Ministry of Health issued a statement yesterday saying that the 45-year-old Singaporean husband and 6-month-old son of the saleswoman were also diagnosed yesterday at 2 noon. The husband is currently at the National Infectious Diseases Center and the son is at KK Women and Children's Hospital.

            When the reporter contacted the female salesperson last night, her mood was very low. During the interview, she choked repeatedly and said, 'I'm really worried and guilty. I'm sorry for them.'

            'What I am most worried about is my 6-month-old son. I don't understand why he is infected? I don't know ...'

            She said that although her husband and son were diagnosed, they are currently in stable condition and the maids who were previously diagnosed with the virus are in good condition.

            The saleswoman said that she couldn't sleep all night after the incident. She was in a very confused mood and felt very helpless. She didn't know what she could do, she could only tell herself to face it as positively as possible.

            She also apologized to her husband's family and said that her mother-in-law was old and worried that she would not accept the diagnosis of her son.

            'I'm afraid she's going to think wildly. Everyone is asking me why ... I'm under a lot of pressure and I really don't want to carry this blame anymore.'

            'Yongtaixing' said the two staff members are in good condition.

            The person in charge told reporters that the authorities have closely followed up those who had been in contact with the diagnosed patients after the incident. Once they were contacted, the Ministry of Health would closely monitor their situation.

            'At this time, we have to trust the government and the authorities to control the epidemic, not panic. I also believe in local medical technology, and I believe they will get better soon.'

            https://www.xinjiapo.news/news/19826

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            • #22
              Source: https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highligh...n-in-singapore

              Two more confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection in Singapore


              6th Feb 2020

              As of 6 February 2020, 2pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed two additional cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in Singapore. Of these, one case is a close contact of a previously confirmed case. The other case has no recent travel history to mainland China and does not appear to be linked with previous cases. This case was confirmed late last night and contact tracing is still in progress, with focus on identifying any links it may have with past cases or travellers from China. We will provide further updates tomorrow as the investigations progress.

              2. Thus far all our previously announced confirmed cases have been either PRC travellers from Hubei, or individuals with links to PRC travellers. All such cases have been isolated and ring-fenced. But we must be prepared for the possibility of new infection clusters involving locals within the community, not linked with recent travel to China or contact with recent PRC travellers. This has already happened in several places outside of mainland China. We had earlier stepped up significantly our precautionary measures to reduce the risk of community spread of the virus. We stand ready to ramp up our measures even more once we have some findings from the ongoing investigations.

              About the confirmed cases

              Cases 27 and 28 (announced on 5 February)

              3. Cases 27 and 28 are family members of Case 19[1] who were confirmed to have 2019-nCoV infection on 5 February at about 2pm.

              4. Case 27 reported that he developed symptoms on 1 February. He visited a general practitioner (GP) clinic on 2 February and was subsequently isolated at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) on 4 February. Prior to hospital admission, he stayed at his home at Jalan Bukit Merah and worked as a private hire driver. He indicated that he had visited Tiong Bahru Plaza, Tiong Bahru Market and Beo Crescent Market and Food Centre. The risk of infection from transient contact, such as on public transport or in public places, is assessed to be low.

              5. Case 28 was cared for at home and was not in any infant care facility prior to hospital admission.

              Case 29

              6. Case 29 is a 41 year-old Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to mainland China. He was admitted to Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital (MEN) on 3 February. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCov infection on 5 February at about 11pm. He has been transferred to NCID for further treatment and is currently warded in an isolation room.

              7. He reported that he had developed a fever on 28 January, and visited a general practitioner (GP) clinic the next day. He sought treatment at another GP clinic on 30 January before being admitted to MEN on 3 February.

              8. Epidemiological investigations and contact tracing are ongoing to identify individuals who had close contact with the case, and to establish any link he may have had with confirmed cases in Singapore or travellers from mainland China. We are interviewing the patient and his close contacts, and investigating the locations he had recently been to.

              Case 30

              9. Case 30 is a 27 year-old male Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to mainland China. He is one of the four Singapore residents who are being investigated at NCID after attending a private business meeting at Grand Hyatt Singapore from 20 to 22 January. The meeting included participants from China, including Hubei, and the confirmed cases from Malaysia and South Korea. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection on 6 February at about 2pm. He is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

              Update on condition of confirmed cases

              10. All new cases today are stable. Amongst the earlier 28 confirmed cases, one has been discharged. Of the remaining 27, most are stable or improving. The condition of two patients has worsened. One is now in critical condition in the intensive care unit, and another requires additional oxygen support.

              Update on suspect cases

              11. As of 6 February 2020, 12pm, 310 of the suspect cases have tested negative for 2019-nCoV, and 30 have tested positive (Case 30 was confirmed at about 2pm, 6 February). Test results for the remaining 147 cases are pending.

              Update on contact tracing for confirmed cases

              12. Contact tracing for the confirmed cases is ongoing. Once identified, MOH will closely monitor all close contacts. As a precautionary measure, they will also be quarantined for 14 days from their last exposure to the patient. In addition, all other identified contacts with a lower risk of having been infected will be under active surveillance, and will be contacted daily to monitor their health status.

              13. As of 6 February 2020, 12pm, MOH has identified 435 close contacts. Of the 353 who are still in Singapore, 348 have been contacted and are being quarantined or isolated. Efforts are ongoing to contact the remaining five close contact.

              Health advisory

              14. Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel to Hubei Province and all non-essential travel to Mainland China.

              15. All travellers should monitor their health closely for two weeks upon return to Singapore and seek medical attention promptly if they feel unwell. Travellers should inform their doctor of their travel history. If they have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), they should wear a mask and call the clinic ahead of the visit.

              16. Travellers and members of the public should adopt the following precautions at all times:
              • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
              • Observe good personal hygiene;
              • Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
              • Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath;
              • Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
              • Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.
              17. MOH will continue to monitor the situation closely. As medical practitioners are on the lookout for suspect cases who have recently been in China, Singapore is likely to see more cases that will need to be investigated.


              [1] Case 19 is a 28 year-old female Singapore resident who has no recent travel history to China. She was tested positive for 2019-nCoV on 3 February.










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              • #23
                BBC have just announced confirmation of three further NCOV patients with no contact with other confirmed cases and no history of travel to Mainland China. Nothing on their website yet.

                https://www.straitstimes.com/singapo...firmed-with-no

                Snip...
                SINGAPORE - Three more Singaporeans, including a junior college teacher, have been confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus and have no known links to previous cases or travel history to China, the Ministry of Health said on Friday (Feb 7).

                This means Singapore has 33 confirmed cases now.
                “The only security we have is our ability to adapt."

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                • #24
                  Singapore ups outbreak alert to Orange as more cases surface with no known links; more measures in force

                  PUBLISHED2 HOURS AGO

                  SINGAPORE - Singapore moved its disease outbreak response up a level to Orange on Friday (Feb 7) as the coronavirus spread further within the country, with three new cases announced of unknown origin, including a junior college teacher.

                  To date, four people here have been infected with the virus who have no known links to previous cases or travel history to China.

                  The emphasis will now be on "aggressively trying to stop or limit further spread", according to the Ministry of Health's (MOH) pandemic readiness and preparedness plan. Code Orange is one step below Red, which signifies an out-of-control pandemic.

                  Continued: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapo...own-links-more

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                  • #25
                    Source: https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highligh...n-in-singapore

                    7th Feb 2020

                    As of 7 February 2020, 2pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed three additional cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in Singapore. While contact tracing is underway, there are not yet any links to previous cases or travel history to China.

                    About the confirmed cases

                    Case 31

                    2. The case is a 53 year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China, but had been in Malaysia on 6, 11 and 17 January 2020. He is currently warded in an isolation room at Changi General Hospital (CGH).

                    3. He reported onset of symptoms on 23 January, and had visited a general practitioner (GP) clinic on the same day. He visited another GP clinic on 28 January, and was admitted to CGH on 1 February. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection on 6 February at about 11pm.

                    4. He stays at Tampines Street 24. Prior to hospital admission, he had been to The Life Church and Missions Singapore (605A Macpherson Road) and had gone visiting family and friends during Chinese New Year.

                    Case 32

                    5. Case 32 is a 42 year-old female Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to mainland China. She is currently warded in an isolation room at Parkway East Hospital (PEH).

                    6. She reported onset of symptoms on 2 February and was admitted to PEH on 5 February. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection on 6 February at about 11pm.

                    7. Prior to hospital admission, she worked at Victoria Junior College, but had not interacted with her colleagues and students after onset of symptoms. She stays at Elias Road and had visited Changi Airport and Singapore Zoo.

                    Case 33

                    8. Case 33 is a 39 year-old female Singapore Citizen who has no recent travel history to mainland China, but who had been in Malaysia from 22 to 29 January. She is currently warded in an isolation room at Sengkang General Hospital (SKH).

                    9. She reported that she had developed symptoms on 30 January, and went to the emergency department at SKH on 2 February where she was admitted. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection on 6 February at about 11pm.

                    Case 30 (announced on 6 February)

                    10. Case 30 is a 27 year-old male Singapore Citizen who had attended a private business meeting at Grand Hyatt Singapore from 20 to 22 January, and was confirmed to have 2019-nCoV infection on 6 February at about 2pm.

                    11. He reported onset of fever on 21 January and visited a GP clinic on 28 January. He sought treatment at another GP clinic on 3 February before being admitted to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases on 6 February.

                    12. Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to Far East Square (19 China Street) and Junction 8 (9 Bishan Place), and stays at Shunfu Road.

                    Update on condition of confirmed cases

                    13. Amongst the confirmed cases, two have been discharged. Of the remaining 31, most are stable or improving. Two are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

                    Health advisory

                    14. Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel to Hubei Province and all non-essential travel to Mainland China.

                    15. All travellers should monitor their health closely for two weeks upon return to Singapore and seek medical attention promptly if they feel unwell. Travellers should inform their doctor of their travel history. If they have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), they should wear a mask and call the clinic ahead of the visit.

                    16. Travellers and members of the public should adopt the following precautions at all times:
                    · Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
                    · Observe good personal hygiene;
                    · Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
                    · Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath;
                    · Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
                    · Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.

                    17. MOH will continue to monitor the situation closely. As medical practitioners are on the lookout for suspect cases who have recently been in China, Singapore is likely to see more cases that will need to be investigated.


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                    • #26
                      Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapo...nt-quarantined

                      41-year-old mystery case
                      8 colleagues at same lo hei lunch, GP who saw patient quarantined
                      Published
                      51 min ago
                      Cara Wong
                      Tan Tam Mei

                      On the day he developed symptoms associated with the coronavirus, a 41-year-old Singaporean with no apparent links to the previous infected cases nor travel history to China had a lo hei lunch with about 20 colleagues at a well-known Chinese restaurant in Jurong, a source told The Straits Times yesterday.

                      It is understood that at least nine people - eight of his colleagues and the doctor who treated him - have now been quarantined.

                      The source who knows the 41-year-old man said government officials served his colleagues the quarantine orders from the early hours to 4am yesterday.

                      The man was one of two new confirmed cases announced by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday night.

                      The other case is a 27-year-old man who was one of four investigated at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) after attending a private business meeting at the Grand Hyatt Singapore...

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                      • #27
                        PM Lee Hsien Loong on the coronavirus situation in Singapore

                        SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke on the coronavirus situation in Singapore on Saturday (Feb 8) .

                        Here is his statement in full.

                        https://www.straitstimes.com/singapo...n-in-singapore

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                        • #28
                          3 new Singapore cases include Victoria JC teacher
                          UPDATED FEB 8, 2020, 1:48 AM

                          UPDATE ON GRAND HYATT CASE


                          The 27-year-old Singaporean man, who attended a private business meeting at Grand Hyatt Singapore hotel from Jan 20 to 22, tested positive for the virus on Thursday at about 2pm.

                          Four other people who attended the hotel conference were two South Koreans, a Malaysian and a Briton who tested positive for the virus after they left Singapore.

                          T
                          he 27-year-old Singaporean developed a fever on Jan 21 and visited a GP clinic on Jan 28. He sought treatment at another GP clinic on Monday before being admitted to NCID on Thursday.

                          Before he was admitted, he went to Far East Square and Junction 8. He lives in Shunfu Road.

                          https://www.straitstimes.com/singapo...firmed-with-no

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                          • #29
                            SPEECH BY MR LAWRENCE WONG , MINISTER FOR MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SECOND MINISTER FOR MINISTRY OF FINANCE , AT 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS PRESS CONFERENCE, 07 FEB 2020, 04.30 PM AT NATIONAL PRESS CENTRE

                            https://www.sgpc.gov.sg/sgpcmedia/me...Feb%202020.pdf

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                            • #30
                              Source: https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highligh...n-in-singapore

                              Seven more confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection in Singapore


                              8th Feb 2020

                              As of 8 February 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed seven additional cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in Singapore. Of these, five are linked to previously announced cases.

                              2. Among the new confirmed cases are a taxi driver and a private hire car driver. MOH will continue to work with the Ministry of Transport to reach out to all taxi and private hire car drivers on the steps they should take to protect themselves in the course of their work. For the general public, the risk of infection from transient contact, such as on public transport or in public places, is assessed to be low.

                              Links between previous cases found

                              3. Further epidemiological investigations and contact tracing have uncovered links between previously announced and new cases. This was made possible with the assistance of the Singapore Police Force.
                              a) Cases 8 and 9[1], as well as Cases 31, 33 and 38, are linked to The Life Church and Missions Singapore (146B Paya Lebar Road). This is a possible cluster involving five cases (Cases 8, 9, 31, 33 and 38).
                              b) Nine of the confirmed cases (Cases 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 34 and 40) are linked to the cluster associated with Yong Thai Hang (24 Cavan Road).
                              c) Three of the confirmed cases (Cases 30, 36 and 39) are linked to the private business meeting held at Grand Hyatt Singapore from 20 to 22 January.

                              Investigations on these clusters are ongoing.

                              4. Contact tracing is underway for the other four locally transmitted cases to establish any links to previous cases or travel history to mainland China.

                              About the confirmed cases

                              Case 34

                              5. Case 34 is a 40-year-old female Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. She is currently warded in an isolation room at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).

                              6. She reported onset of symptoms on 27 January, and had visited two general practitioner (GP) clinics on 27 January and 1 February respectively. As she works at Yong Thai Hang, she was identified as a close contact of Cases 19 and 20, and placed under home quarantine on 4 February. She was admitted to NCID on 6 February, and subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection on 7 February afternoon.

                              7. Prior to hospital admission, she had gone to work at Yong Thai Hang, and stays at Sin Ming Road.

                              Case 35

                              8. Case 35 is a 64-year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. He is currently warded in an isolation room at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

                              9. He reported onset of symptoms on 30 January, and had visited Bukit Merah Polyclinic on 31 January. He was admitted to SGH on 6 February. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection on 7 February afternoon.

                              10. Prior to hospital admission, he worked as a taxi driver and had largely stayed at his home at Henderson Crescent after onset of symptoms, except to visit Redhill Market and a hawker centre at Bukit Merah for meals.

                              Case 36

                              11. Case 36 is a 38 year-old female Singapore Permanent Resident with no recent travel history to China but had been in Johor Bahru from 25 to 28 January. She is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

                              12. She reported onset of symptoms on 24 January, and had visited a GP clinic on 1 February. She was isolated and admitted to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital on 4 February. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection on 7 February afternoon.

                              13. Prior to hospital admission, she had attended the same private business meeting as Cases 30 and 39 at Grand Hyatt Singapore from 20 to 22 January, and visited a family member at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH). She stays at Bukit Batok Street 31.

                              Case 37

                              14. Case 37 is a 53 year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. He is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

                              15. He reported onset of symptoms on 30 January, and had visited two GP clinics on 1 February and 3 February respectively. He was admitted to NTFGH on 6February, and transferred to NCID on 8 February. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection on 7 February afternoon.

                              16. Prior to hospital admission, he worked as a private hire car driver and stays at Jurong East Street 32.

                              Case 38

                              17. Case 38 is a 52 year-old female Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. She is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

                              18. She reported onset of symptoms on 3 February and visited Choa Chu Kang Polyclinic on 4 February. She was admitted to NCID on 7 February. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection on 8 February morning.

                              19. Prior to hospital admission, she had visited The Life Church and Missions Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Chinatown and Plaza Singapura and had travelled by public transport. She stays at Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3.

                              Case 39

                              20. Case 39 is a 51 year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China, but who had travelled to Malaysia from 23 January to 2 February. He is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

                              21. He reported onset of symptoms on 29 January, and had visited two GP clinics on 3 and 5 February respectively. He was admitted to NCID on 6 February. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection on 8 February morning.

                              22. Prior to hospital admission, he had attended the same private business meeting as Cases 30 and 36 at Grand Hyatt Singapore from 20 to 22 January, and stays at Jurong West Central.

                              Case 40

                              23. Case 40 is a 36-year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. He is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.

                              24. He reported onset of symptoms on 30 January, and had visited a GP clinic on the same day. As he works at Yong Thai Hang (24 Cavan Road), he was identified as a close contact of Cases 19 and 20, and placed under home quarantine on 4 February. He was admitted to NCID on 7 February. Subsequent test results confirmed 2019-nCoV infection on 8 February morning.

                              25. Prior to hospital admission, he went to work at Yong Thai Hang and stays at Bedok North Street.

                              Update on condition of confirmed cases

                              26. Amongst the confirmed cases, two have been discharged. Of the remaining 38, most are stable or improving. Four are in critical condition in the intensive care unit, and one requires additional oxygen support.

                              Update on suspect cases

                              27. As of 8 February 2020, 12pm, 438 of the suspect cases have tested negative for 2019 novel coronavirus, and 40 have tested positive. Test results for the remaining 181 cases are pending.

                              Update on contact tracing for confirmed cases

                              28. Contact tracing for the confirmed cases is ongoing. Once identified, MOH will closely monitor all close contacts. As a precautionary measure, they will be quarantined for 14 days from their last exposure to the patient. In addition, all other identified contacts who have a low risk of being infected will be under active surveillance, and will be contacted daily to monitor their health status.

                              29. As of 8 February 2020, 12pm, MOH has identified 758 close contacts. Of the 663 who are still in Singapore, 647 have been contacted and are being quarantined or isolated. Efforts are ongoing to contact the remaining 16 close contacts.

                              Health advisory

                              30. Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel to Hubei Province and all non-essential travel to Mainland China.

                              31. All travellers should monitor their health closely for two weeks upon return to Singapore and seek medical attention promptly if they feel unwell. Travellers should inform their doctor of their travel history. If they have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), they should wear a mask and call the clinic ahead of the visit.Travellers and members of the public should adopt the following precautions at all times:
                              • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
                              • Observe good personal hygiene;
                              • Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
                              • Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath;
                              • Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
                              • Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.

                              32. MOH will continue to monitor the situation closely. As medical practitioners are on the lookout for suspect cases who have recently been in China, Singapore is likely to see more cases that will need to be investigated.

                              [1] Cases 8 and 9, a 56 year-old female and 56 year-old male married couple, are Chinese nationals from Wuhan who arrived in Singapore on 19 January. They were tested positive for 2019-nCoV on 28 and 29 January respectively.









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