Coronavirus: Two new local infections in Singapore confirmed

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The Ministry has confirmed three more cases of novel coronavirus infection in Singapore.

Singapore on Friday reported three more coronavirus cases that have not been linked to previous infections or travel to China, Reuters reported.

The ministry said contact tracing is still in progress to identify people who had close contact with the man and to establish any link he might have had with confirmed cases here or travellers from China.

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A six month old baby diagnosed with coronavirus in Singapore today bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 28, making it the second highest number of confirmed outside of China with Japan at the top.

Among the new confirmed cases are a taxi driver and a private hire vehicle driver.

Fearful Singapore consumers shaped lengthy strains at grocery shops on Saturday and cleared the cabinets of crucial pieces, after the city-state raised its alert stage over China's coronavirus outbreak.

DORSCON is a colour-coded framework that illustrates the current disease situation in Singapore, whenever there is an outbreak resulting in the spread of an infectious disease worldwide.

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The patient was placed on "home isolation" per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, with tests continuing. As of the end of the day on Tuesday, the death toll on the mainland was 368, with more than 17,350 infected in China.

In addition to the local transmissions, two cases were among the Singapore residents evacuated from Wuhan on January 30.

During Friday's press conference National Development Minister Lawrence Wong pointed out that the mortality rate of the disease is much lower outside of Hubei.

Daily health checks at the workplace, with twice-daily temperature checks. This can include allowing employees to telecommute or dividing the staff into segregated teams.

"This is not the first time which we've actually changed our DORSCON level and reached DORSCON Orange", said Associate Professor Kenneth Mak, director of medical health services, Ministry of Health (MOH).

The MOH reported that with immediate effect, schools will suspend inter-school and external activities until the end of the March holidays.

Prevent transmission remains through good personal hygiene of regular handwashing with normal soap and water, and the use of hand sanitisers when soap and water are unavailable.

Despite the raised alert however, the authorities' advisory for mask use remains the same: individuals who are not ill should not use them, while those who are should do so.

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