More than 10K from Wuhan arrived in SG since outbreak; ICA only health screens PRCs with passports issued in Hubei

It was reported that 24 days elapsed between the time the first cases of Wuhan viral infection were reported on 30 December and the decision last Thursday (23 Jan) to suspend travel out of Wuhan.

Wuhan mayor Zhou Xianwang revealed that nearly half of the city’s 11 million population left the city before the lockdown began as part of the emergency measures to try to contain the spread of the virus.

Citing figures from Flight Master, a popular travel platform in China, Chinese financial newspaper China Business News reported that between 30 December and 22 January (the day before the lockdown was enforced), more than 11,000 people flew from Wuhan to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and another 9,000 to the Thai capital’s Don Mueang International Airport.

Singapore Changi Airport and Narita International Airport in Tokyo each received 10,680 and 9,080 passengers from Wuhan respectively, while more than 7,000 flew to Hong Kong, the report said.

So far, of the 10,680 passengers from Wuhan to Singapore, 5 has confirmed to be infected with the deadly Wuhan virus (as of 28 Jan) and hospitalized in Singapore, while 4 were hospitalized in Malaysia. The 4 Malaysian cases came through Singapore via JB causeway.

According to a press release from ICA yesterday (27 Jan), ICA officers at Changi and Seletar airports will refer arriving PRCs with passports only issued in Hubei province to the health screening stations at the airports for further medical assessment. The referrals have commenced yesterday.

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