Suspected case at Tiong Bahru baby clinic tests negative for Wuhan coronavirus

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Nyi Nyi Thet | Rexanne Yap | January 30, 2020, 04:43 PM

Update at 5.07pm: The suspected case has been confirmed to be negative

A new suspected case of an individual infected by the Wuhan virus was on Thursday (January 30) reported in Tiong Bahru.

According to a notice from the management seen by Mothership, the case was discovered at 10:26am at the SBCC Baby & Child clinic at Tiong Bahru Plaza.

The mall's centre management office was informed of the situation because the patient required an escort to the mall's ambulance pick up point.

A designated route was used to minimise exposure of the patient to the general public.

The mall's manager, AsiaMalls Management Pte. Ltd., also said in its statement that the affected areas were immediately disinfected.

All personnel involved wore personal protective equipment as mandated by the Ministry of Health's protocols.

In the circular that Mothership saw, Tiong Bahru Plaza has additionally intensified its cleaning and disinfecting of common areas.

AsiaMalls also mentioned that all employers and service staff undergo temperature checks twice a day and have their health and movement monitored. Additional measures such as intensified cleaning and disinfection are also in place.

"The well-being of our tenants and shoppers remains our top priority," the statement said.

When Mothership called Tiong Bahru Plaza's central management, they confirmed that the incident took place today, but it has not yet been confirmed if it really is a case of the Wuhan virus.

Here is a statement from the clinic in response to Mothership's queries.

"This morning, a patient visited our SBCC clinic at Tiong Bahru Plaza. After assessing the patient as a suspected case, our clinic staff immediately escorted the patient to an isolation room and notified MOH. The patient was then taken to hospital.

As of this afternoon, the patient concerned has tested negative for the novel coronavirus and has since been discharged.

In line with MOH guidelines, the clinic has been thoroughly disinfected, and we will continue to work closely with MOH to monitor the situation and enforce the necessary protocols in our clinics, to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients and staff."

Image from Tiong Bahru Plaza