The Ministry of Health confirmed the fourth case of the novel coronavirus in Singapore at 10pm on Jan. 25, 2020.

Three confirmed cases were earlier announced on Jan. 23 and Jan. 24.

Fourth confirmed case isolated at Sengkang General Hospital

The fourth confirmed case is a 36-year-old male Chinese national from Wuhan who arrived in Singapore with his family on Jan. 22.

He is currently warded in an isolation room at Sengkang General Hospital (SKH) and his condition is stable, MOH added.

The man was asymptomatic during the flight to Singapore but subsequently developed a cough on Jan. 23, 2020.

He was presented at SKH Emergency Department on Jan. 24 and was immediately isolated after being classified as a suspect case.

Subsequent test results confirmed Wuhan coronavirus infection at about 9:30pm on Jan. 25.

Prior to hospital admission, the case stayed at Village Hotel Sentosa.

MOH has initiated epidemiological investigations and contact tracing to identify individuals who had close contact with him.

Health advisory

Here are the precautions travellers and members of the public should take at all times:

  • Avoid contact with live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats;
  • Avoid crowded places and close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
  • Observe good personal hygiene;
  • Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
  • Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath;
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
  • Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.

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About Zhangxin Zheng

Zhangxin’s favourite pastime is singing Mulan’s soundtrack in the mangrove forests. She hopes to perfect the art of napping in a hammock in the mangroves without being drowned by rising sea levels.

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