MOH announces fifth confirmed case of Wuhan virus in Singapore

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed another imported case of Wuhan coronavirus infection in Singapore.

As of 27 January 2020, 2pm, there are five confirmed cases in total.

The fifth confirmed case is a 56 year-old female Chinese national from Wuhan who arrived in Singapore with her family on 18 January. She is currently warded in an isolation room at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) and her condition is stable.

It is reported that she was asymptomatic during the flight to Singapore. She subsequently developed symptoms on 24 January, and was conveyed by ambulance to Tan Tock Seng Hospital on 26 January. She was classified as a suspect case and immediately isolated at NCID. Subsequent test results confirmed Wuhan coronavirus infection on 27 January. She has no known links to the other confirmed imported cases.

Prior to hospital admission, the case stayed with her family at their home at Ceylon Road. Since onset of symptoms on 24 January, the case had remained in her home until she was conveyed to hospital on 26 January.

MOH has initiated epidemiological investigations and contact tracing to identify individuals who had close contact with her.

Cases so far:

  • The fourth confirmed case is a 36 year-old male Chinese national from Wuhan who arrived in Singapore with his family on 22 January.
  • The second case is a 53-year-old female Chinese national from Wuhan who arrived in Singapore with her family on 21 January.
  • The third case is that of a 37-year-old male Chinese national, also from Wuhan.
  • And the first confirmed case is the father of the third case.

MOH’s update on suspect cases

As of 27 January, 12pm, 62 of the suspect cases have tested negative for the Wuhan coronavirus, and four have tested positive (the fifth case was confirmed at about 2pm). Test results for the remaining 57 cases are pending.

Update on contact tracing for confirmed cases

Contact tracing for the confirmed cases is ongoing. Once identified, MOH will closely monitor all close contacts. As a precautionary measure, they will be quarantined for 14 days from their last exposure to the patient. 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.

As of 27 January, 12pm, MOH has identified 115 close contacts from the first four confirmed cases. Of the 86 who are still in Singapore, 75 have been contacted and are being quarantined or isolated. Efforts are ongoing to contact the remaining 11 close contacts.

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