In an update on Jan. 29 at 2pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that it has confirmed three new cases of the novel coronavirus in Singapore.
All three cases are Chinese nationals who travelled from Wuhan.
8th and 9th case isolated at NCID
The eighth and ninth cases are a married couple, a 56-year-old female and a 56-year-old male respectively. They are both Chinese nationals from Wuhan who arrived together in Singapore on January 19.
They are currently warded in isolation rooms at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
The couple showed no signs of the virus during the flight to Singapore. Although they did develop symptoms on January 24. They took a taxi to Tan Tock Seng Hospital on January 27, 2020.
There they were classified as suspect cases and isolated at NCID. Subsequent test results confirmed Wuhan coronavirus infection on January 28 at about 11pm and January 29 at about 2pm respectively.
While in Singapore the couple stayed with their family at their home at Lorong Lew Lian, which is near Serangoon.
The 10th case
The other confirmed case is a 56-year-old male who arrived in Singapore from Wuhan on January 20. He too is currently warded in an isolation room at NCID.
Like the other two, he was asymptomatic during his flight to Singapore but developed symptoms the next day. He was eventually identified as a suspect case at a health screening station at Marina South Pier.
Subsequent test results confirmed Wuhan coronavirus infection on January 29 at about 2pm.
Prior to hospital admission, the man had worked and lived on board a cargo vessel. MOH has initiated epidemiological investigations and contact tracing to identify individuals who had close contact with the cases.
The three cases are currently stable and MOH is continuing to monitor their health. The other seven previous cases are also stable, and most are improving.
MOH has identified 144 close contacts. Of the 115 who are still in Singapore, 111 have been contacted and are being quarantined or isolated. Efforts are ongoing to contact the remaining four close contacts.
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