The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed three additional cases of 2019 novel coronavirus infection in Singapore. This makes a total of 43 infected cases so far.
All three new confirmed cases have no recent travel history to China or links to previously confirmed cases.
Of the 22 locally transmitted cases, epidemiological investigations and contact tracing have uncovered links between 15 of the cases with the three currently known clusters.
The three clusters are:
- The Life Church and Missions Singapore (146B Paya Lebar Road) —(Cases 8, 9, 31, 33 and 38).
- Yong Thai Hang (24 Cavan Road) — (Cases 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, 34 and 40)
- Grand Hyatt Singapore from 20 to 22 January — (Cases 30, 36 and 39)
Contact tracing is underway for the other seven locally transmitted cases, including those confirmed today, to establish if they are linked to previous cases or persons with travel history to mainland China.
New confirmed cases
Case 41 is a 71 year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. He is currently warded in an isolation room at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
Case 42 is a 39 year-old male Bangladesh national who is a Singapore Work Pass holder, and has no recent travel history to China. He is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.
Case 43 is a 54 year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to China. He was in Malaysia on 26 January. He is currently warded in an isolation room at Sengkang General Hospital (SKH).
Update on condition of confirmed cases
Of the remaining 37 who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving. Six are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Update on suspect cases
As of 9 February 2020, 12pm, 516 of the suspect cases have tested negative for 2019-nCoV, and 43 have tested positive. Test results for the remaining 98 cases are pending.
Update on contact tracing for confirmed cases
Contact tracing for the confirmed cases is ongoing. Once identified by MOH, it will closely monitor all close contacts. As a precautionary measure, close contacts 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 9 February 2020, 12pm, MOH has identified 989 close contacts. Of the 892 who are still in Singapore, 845 have been contacted and are being quarantined or isolated. Efforts are ongoing to contact the remaining 47 close contacts.