Three of five new cases in Singapore linked to Grace Assembly church

Elias Hubbard
February 16, 2020

The country has raised its disease outbreak response level to "orange" after confirmed cases with no travel history to China or links to the past cases, surfaced in the country.

A Singapore church with a congregation of 16,000 will stop holding its conventional services this weekend due to the rising number of Covid-19 coronavirus cases in the city-state and will instead broadcast its lively, gospel-style preaching online.

Among the five confirmed cases, the latest victim is a 26-year-old Bangladeshi who holds a Singapore Work Pass, said the country's Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday. In all, 18 have fully recovered and have been discharged from hospital. At the moment, most of the cases can be linked back to known clusters, ' he added. While the majority of the cases are stable and improving, six are critically ill and remain in the intensive care unit. Case 66 is a 28-year-old Singaporean man, who worked at the Grace Assembly of God.

Two South Korean delegates also reportedly fell sick after sharing a buffet meal with the Malaysian, who also passed reportedly passed the infection to his sister and mother-in-law. These included the self-isolation of the 109 attendees, of which 94 were foreigners and had left Singapore. Patients with respiratory symptoms can also go to polyclinics, where the subsidies will also apply.

'The issue is really whether these are going to be cases that are linked to the existing spread, existing cluster, links to China or whether we have an increasing number of cases that are unlinked community spread ...

Besides quarantining close contacts of the coronavirus patients and screening employees, Boustead Projects has suspended all mass meetings at the company's worksites.

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