By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the 2019 novel coronavirus situation in Singapore, the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed seven additional cases of  infection. Of these, five are linked to previously announced cases.

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Among the new confirmed cases are a taxi driver and a private hire car driver. All seven cases had no recent travel history to China.

Among the confirmed cases, two have been discharged. Of the remaining 38, most are stable or improving. Four are in critical condition in the intensive care unit, and one requires additional oxygen support.

Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel to Hubei Province and all non-essential travel to Mainland China.

All travelers should monitor their health closely for two weeks upon return to Singapore and seek medical attention promptly if they feel unwell. Travelers should inform their 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. Travelers and members of the public should adopt the following precautions at all times:

  • Avoid 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 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 the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
  • Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.

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