The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed two new cases, making them the sixth and seventh person to be infected by the novel coronavirus in Singapore.
In a media briefing this afternoon (28 Jan), MOH said that the two patients, not related to each other, are Chinese male nationals from Wuhan.
MOH said that all the confirmed Wuhan virus cases in Singapore are Chinese nationals from Hubei, and noted that the "trend of infection among population of Chinese nationals from Hubei in Singapore" is "accelerating".
MOH also noted that "while there is no evidence of community spread in Singapore currently", it presents "a heightened risk to Singapore".
6th confirmed case
MOH said that it has confirmed the sixth case of the novel coronavirus infection at 11pm on Jan. 27, 2020.
He is a 56-year-old man who arrived in Singapore on Jan. 19.
He was reported to be have no symptoms during the flight to Singapore. He developed a cough on Jan. 25 and self-presented at Changi General Hospital a day later (Jan.26).
He was staying with his family at their home at Pasir Ris Grove.
7th confirmed case
The seventh patient arrived in Singapore with his family and friends on Jan. 23., and stayed at the Marina Bay Sands (MBS).
The 35-year-old man subsequently developed symptoms on Jan. 24 and went to the Raffles Hospital.
He was transferred to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) by private ambulance on the same day.
He tested positive for the virus at 11pm on Jan.27, 2020.
Top photo taken by Tanya Ong.