Singapore raises coronavirus alert to SARS level as new cases show spread

The Ministry of Health reported that the total number of people confirmed to have the coronavirus rose to 43 on Feb 9 2020

Singapore raises coronavirus alert to SARS level as new cases show spread

Singapore's health ministry confirmed four more coronavirus cases on Wednesday, including a six-month-old baby, taking its tally to 28.

Singapore on Tuesday reported its first cases of citizens and residents who had contracted the virus without recent travel to China, where the outbreak first surfaced at the end of past year.

"Among the new confirmed cases are a taxi driver and a private hire auto driver", it added.

People stock up on food supplies after Singapore raised coronavirus outbreak alert to orange, at a supermarket in Singapore February 7, 2020.

With the new infections, Singapore now has 30 confirmed cases, of which 11 are Singaporeans. This is just one level below Red, which signifies an out-of-control pandemic. The orange level means that the disease is severe and spreads easily from person to person, but has not spread widely in Singapore and is being contained.

Singapore's government has released a guide to understanding the country's Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON).

Liew Wei Li, director of schools at the Ministry of Education, said schools will suspend inter-school and external activities till the end of the March school holidays with immediate effect.

The Singapore government advices residents to keep updated on the DORSCON status for nCoV on the MOH website.

The Malaysian health authorities first revealed the connection with the business meeting in Singapore when they confirmed the case of a 41-year-old Malaysian who had participated with Chinese colleagues.

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, who was also at the briefing, said the authorities may have to adopt a different strategy based on how the virus evolves.

With this, Singapore would be introducing additional precautionary measures to minimise the risk of further transmission of the virus.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said that if the local transmissions escalate in the community the government is prepared to consider "measures to reduce human-to-human interaction".

They include advice to cancel or defer non-essential large-scale events.

If you are still organising an event at your bank, you'll now need to carry out temperature screening, look out for respiratory symptoms, deny entry to unwell individuals, and tell people not to attend if they have recently travelled to China.

On the condition of confirmed cases, MOH said 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.

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