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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONFIRMED IMPORTED CASE OF NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
    INFECTION IN SINGAPORE; MULTI-MINISTRY TASKFORCE RAMPS
    UP PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES

    The Ministry of Health (MOH) has on 23 January 2020 confirmed one imported
    case of novel coronavirus infection in Singapore. The case is a 66-year-old male
    Chinese national from Wuhan who arrived in Singapore with his family on 20 January
    2020. He is currently warded in an isolation room at the Singapore General Hospital
    (SGH) and his condition is stable.
    2. MOH has also been notified of a suspect case, who has tested preliminarily
    positive for the novel coronavirus. She is a 53 year old female Chinese national from
    Wuhan. MOH was notified of this suspect case on 23 January at about 3 am. The result
    of the confirmatory test is pending, and her condition is stable.
    3. Both cases were immediately isolated upon presenting to the respective
    hospitals with clinical symptoms.
    About the confirmed case
    4. This case presented at SGH Emergency Department with fever and cough on
    22 January, and was immediately isolated. MOH was notified at about 10 pm on 22
    January and the test results were confirmed for the novel coronavirus at 6 pm on 23
    January.
    5. The patient reported that he had developed a sore throat but did not have a fever
    during the flight to Singapore on 20 January. He subsequently developed fever and cough on 21 January. He was admitted and isolated at SGH on 22 January for further assessment, in view of his clinical symptoms and recent travel history from Wuhan.
    The patient was diagnosed to have pneumonia upon admission and has been isolated
    since admission.
    6. Prior to hospital admission, the patient stayed at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa
    Resort & Spa in Sentosa and indicated that he had kept to the vicinity of the hotel.
    Contact tracing commenced, close contacts to be quarantined
    7. MOH has initiated contact tracing and nine close contacts of the case, who are
    his traveling companions, have so far been identified. One of his traveling
    companions has also been warded as a suspect case. He is a 37-year-old male
    Chinese national from Wuhan.8. The health status of all close contacts will be monitored closely. As a
    precautionary measure, they will be quarantined for 14 days from their last exposure
    to the patient. Those who develop symptoms will be brought to the hospital in a dedicated
    ambulance for further assessment. 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.
    9. Our public hospitals are geared up to handle the situation and have put in place
    precautionary measures to screen and manage suspect and confirmed cases. MOH
    has also reminded doctors and healthcare workers to be highly vigilant, and maintain
    strict infection control and prevention measures.
    10. Given the high volume of international travel to Singapore, MOH expects to see
    more suspect cases and imported cases. We urge the public to remain calm and
    vigilant and to adopt good personal hygiene practices.
    Taskforce ramps up precautionary measures
    11. In view of the confirmed case, the Taskforce set up to direct a whole-of-government response to the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak has decided to
    step up Singapore’s overall posture. This would include enhancing our border controls,
    including at land and sea checkpoints.
    12. Singapore will also expand our travel advisory to recommend that
    Singaporeans avoid travel to the whole of Hubei Province, in view of the travel
    restrictions that China has imposed on Huanggang and Ezhou. MOH also advises
    Singaporeans to continue to exercise caution and attention to personal hygiene when
    traveling to the rest of China.
    Health advisory
    13. All travelers should monitor their health closely for two weeks upon return to
    Singapore and seek medical attention promptly if they feel unwell, and also inform
    the 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.
    14. Travelers and members of the public should adopt the following precautions at
    all times:
    • Avoid contact with live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption
    of raw and undercooked meats;
    • Avoid crowded places and close contact with people who are unwell or
    showing symptoms of illness;
    • Observe good personal hygiene;
    • Practice frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or
    eating, after going to the 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 of the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
    • Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.
    MINISTRY OF HEALTH
    23 JANUARY 2020
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