The total number of cases in Singapore rose to 33, making it the country with the second-highest number of cases of coronavirus after China.
Malaysia and South Korea have confirmed three cases of the virus related to the mid-January company meeting held with 94 overseas staff at the Grand Hyatt hotel, and Singapore said late on Wednesday four other attendees were showing symptoms. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access! The color-coded system - which has Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red categories - shows the current situation.
The three new cases were discovered because hospitals here have started testing all pneumonia patients for the virus, MOH said.
DORSCON Orange means that the disease is deemed severe and spreads easily from person to person but has not spread widely and is being contained. "The Singapore government, on January 30, 2020, issued a statement on its official website with the title "Corrections and clarifications regarding falsehoods published by AB-TC City News" website", rubbishing an article carried on ab-tc.com claiming five Singapore nationals contracted coronavirus without going to China.
The aviation industry is one of the most affected by the virus outbreak after governments worldwide imposed restrictions on travel, including bans on arrivals from China.
MOH noted that there is as yet no evidence of widespread community transmission in Singapore.
Organizers of large events should take necessary precautions such as carrying out temperature screening, looking out for respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose and denying entry to unwell individuals.
"They should remind participants not to attend if the participants have recent travel history to mainland China, and if practical, require travel declaration".
Event organisers should maintain a registration list of participants if possible.
"We are still doing our best to prevent broader community spread in Singapore", said Mr. Wong, co-chair of the multi-ministry task force tackling the outbreak.
Daily health checks at the workplace, with twice-daily temperature checks. "Workers who come across customers who are unwell should immediately advise customers to leave and go see a doctor".
The republic also raised protection levels for vulnerable groups, whereby among other things, with immediate effect, schools would suspend inter-school and external activities till the end of the March school holidays.
The virus originated in China in December, last year, and has since then killed 636 people in that country alone, while cases have been registered in several countries across the world, including India.