The four cases of local transmission that were confirmed on 4 February 2020 were identified as a result of enhanced surveillance at Singapore’s hospitals. While this constitutes limited local transmission, there is no evidence of widespread sustained community transmission in Singapore as of yet.
Singapore has been preparing for such clusters, and measures thus far have been aimed at preventing the risk of spread beyond these clusters to the broader community.
In addition to existing measures, the following enhancements will be implemented as an added precaution:
Enhanced personal hygiene and environmental cleaning
The virus is likely spread through droplets from infect individuals, according to current evidence. It can also transmit through surface contact.
Hence, the most effective way to prevent transmission is through good personal hygiene, and for those who are unwell to be socially responsible.
MOH has advised businesses and organisations to increase the frequency of cleaning, especially high-traffic premises like F&B outlets, retail shops and hotels.
Heightened measures for the young and elderly
Schools will be adopting additional measures to lower the risk of transmission among students and staff, including staggered recesses and suspension of school assemblies.
Eldercare facilities will also suspend external excursions and large scale gatherings.
Active case finding
MOH is also contacting individuals with profiles similar to the four cases of local transmission, who have had recent close contact with individuals with travel history to Mainland China.
MOH is closely monitoring the situation, and will adapt accordingly as new developments arise.
For public queries regarding the nCoV virus, you may call the MOH call centre at 1800 333 9999.