Coronavirus: Singapore confirms new cases, including an infant with virus

Henrietta Strickland
February 7, 2020

The cases, in Malaysia and South Korea, have been linked to a 100-strong meeting in Singapore of staff from an as-yet-unnamed multinational sales firm, while one Chinese delegate was from the central city of Wuhan, where the virus originated.

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.

Earlier, at least three Asian businessmen who attended an global conference at a Singapore hotel have contracted the coronavirus, Malaysian and South Korean authorities had said.

The MOH also announced the confirmation of three additional cases, bring the total to 33 cases, and the raising of the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (Dorscon) level to orange.

On Thursday, China reported its biggest daily jump in deaths from the Wuhan virus, an increase of 73 to 563, although only two deaths have been reported outside mainland China.

Minister Vivian Balakrishnan
Minister Vivian Balakrishnan YouTube govsingapore

South Korea then confirmed two cases involving its citizens who had also attended. The Koreans and the Malaysian shared a buffet meal during the conference, South Korean media reported.

The ministry said seven local clusters of transmission can be traced to contact with a tour group from Guangxi comprising 20 tourists who had visited Singapore from Jan 22 to 23, and Jan 27 (transit from 3 to 6am). That's the latest advisory from Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) in view of the worsening coronavirus outbreak in the Republic.

A spokesman for the Grand Hyatt, Gerald Kheng, said the hotel had been deep cleaned after it was first informed of the incident by the health ministry on Tuesday and it was not aware of any other cases among guests or staff.

Singapore advised businesses to cancel or defer non-essential large-scale events but said the Singapore Airshow will go ahead next week although organisers may limit public visitors.

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