As of 31 January 2020, 10 am, there are 13 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Singapore. 3 new cases were confirmed yesterday, 30 January 2020.
The 11th person confirmed is a 31-year-old woman from Wuhan.
- 26 Jan 2020: identified as a travelling companion of the 4th confirmed case, and quarantined
- 27 Jan 2020: developed symptoms
- 29 Jan 2020: tested positive for Coronavirus
The 12th person confirmed is a 37-year-old woman from Wuhan.
- 22 Jan 2020: arrived in Singapore with her family. Reported to show no symptoms on her flight to Singapore
- 26 Jan 2020: developed symptoms, admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital
- 26 Jan 2020: tested positive for Coronavirus
- Stayed at Village Hotel Sentosa, Hotel 81 Princess and Home Suite View Hotel
- Visited Orchard Road and Geylang via taxi
The 13th person confirmed is a 73-year-old woman from Wuhan.
- 21 Jan 2020: arrived in Singapore with her family
- 30 Jan 2020: tested positive for Coronavirus
Infographic credits: Channel News Asia
As of 30 January 2020, noon, Singapore authorities reported that test results for 49 suspected cases are still pending.
MOH reported that a total of 170 close contacts have been identified. 139 in Singapore, 135 have been isolated or quarantined. Authorities are still trying to contact the remaining 4 close contacts.
Update of the Situation in China
The death toll in China has risen to 213, with nearly 10 000 confirmed cases.2000 new cases were confirmed on 30 January 2020. Latest statistics show that the death toll continues to rise exponentially. Learn more about the situation here.
WHO has declared a Global Health Emergency
On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a global emergency after the largest single-day jump in death toll on 29 January 2020. Learn more about it here.
Stay calm and be considerate
- So far, there has been no evidence of community transmission in Singapore.
- According to MOH, “risk of infection from transient contact is low”
- Wear a mask when you are sick
- Experts say that it is not necessary to wear a mask if you are well
- Visit your doctor immediately if you are sick. Contact the clinic beforehand if you suspect yourself to have contacted Coronavirus.
- MOH has reported that all confirmed patients are “in stable condition” and “most are improving”
- Do not hog surgical mask, take/ buy only what you need
- Do not try to be an “entrepreneur” and sell over-priced masks. You are not depriving people who really need a mask a chance to buy them.
- Singapore Government has mentioned that we do have a national stockpile that is sufficient if we use it responsibly
Distribution of free surgical masks:
All Singaporean household will receive 4 surgical masks per household.
- 1 to 5 Feb 2020: collect from one of the 89 Community Centres
- 6 to 9 Feb 2020: collect from one of the 654 Resident’s Committee Centres
Masks’ How To’s
- Wear with the coloured side facing OUT. It doesn’t matter if you are wearing to protect yourself from germs or preventing your germs from spreading. There is only ONE correct way. Learn more about it here.
- The mask needs to be covering BOTH your nose and mouth, and resting on your chin for proper protection.
- Masks can be reused until the inside is wet. There is no need to dispose of the mask after a single-use.
- Do not dry your mask in the open as it allows the germs to spread quickly. Dispose immediately once the mask is wet.
- Wear surgical masks instead of N95 masks. N95 masks could be counter-productive as the discomfort induces people to touch their face more, spreading the germs, according to an infectious disease expert.
- Wash hands regularly and thoroughly for at least 30 seconds to kill germs
- Observe proper hygiene care
Clarification on fake news
“Straits Times Review Facebook page said that Senior Minister of State Dr Lam Pin MIn had confirmed that Singapore had run out of face masks”
- This is false. Dr Lam has clarified and emphasised that Singapore has a sufficient supply of masks if people use them responsibly.
“An article on ‘City News’ claimed that 5 Singaporeans had contacted the virus without going to China”
- This is false. As of 30 January 2020, 0 Singaporeans has contacted the virus. MOH has confirmed that there is no evidence of community transmission.