Government Announcement for 2019 Novel Coronavirus via WhatsApp

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For nCoV preparedness

If there’s community spread in more Chinese cities and other countries
- Health screenings at all checkpoints
- Place high-risk travellers into quarantine
- Restrict recent travellers from China

If there’s local community spread
- Healthcare providers on alert to identify and deal with cases
- Immediate contact-tracing
- Quarantine orders and Leave of Absence in place

If the virus mutates and spreads more widely
- More isolation beds
- Faster testing to confirm suspect cases
- Consider further measures to reduce human-to-human interactions

Exercise personal responsibility
- Have good personal hygiene. Wash your hands regularly and properly using soap and water. Wear a mask if you are ill and promptly see a doctor
- Observe Leave of Absence if you recently travelled to China
- Don’t spread fake news that can cause panic and fear

For more:
Go.gov.sg/ncov-defence

Update on 2019-nCoV cases
As of 2pm on 4 Feb, there are 6 new confirmed cases. These include 3 local transmission cases that can be traced to prolonged contact with recent travellers from Mainland China.

Confirmed cases: 24
Recovered: 1

Overview
Case 19: 28 year old female Singapore resident, works at a complementary health products shop that primarily serves Chinese tourists

Case 20: 48 year old female Singapore resident, works at the same shop

Case 21: 44 year old female Indonesian national, foreign domestic worker of Case 19

Cases 22 and 23: Singaporeans evacuated from Wuhan on 30 Jan

Case 24: 32 year old female Singapore resident, tourist guide who brought tour groups to Case 19’s shop

Though 4 of these cases constitute a local transmission cluster, there is as yet no evidence of widespread sustained community transmission in Singapore.

For more info:
- www.moh.gov.sg (MOH website)
- go.gov.sg/ncovcases (Gov.sg article)

Update on 2019 Novel Coronavirus situation in Singapore

As of 2pm on 4 Feb, there are 24 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV infection in Singapore.

Confirmed cases: 24
Suspect cases tested negative: 289
Pending results: 20
Recovered: 1

Though 4 of these cases constitute a local transmission cluster, there is as yet no evidence of widespread sustained community transmission in Singapore.

Contact tracing for the confirmed cases is ongoing.

All close contacts will be quarantined for 14 days from their last exposure to the patient.

Maintain good personal hygiene and exercise social responsibility

🛌 Stay at home if you are sick, avoid social gatherings

😷 Wear a mask only if you are sick, and don’t wear one if you are well

👐🧼 Wash your hands regularly and properly using soap and water

🏠 Observe Leave of Absence if you’ve recently travelled to China

Stay updated at:
🔷 www.moh.gov.sg (MOH website)
🔷 go.gov.sg/2019ncov (Gov.sg website)

The first local transmission cases of 2019-nCoV were confirmed yesterday.

Additional precautionary measures for frontline staff

Employers are advised to:

- Put in place health and travel declaration and a 14-day Leave of Absence for recent travellers to Mainland China

- Step up cleaning of workplaces, esp areas with high human contact and public access

- Adopt NEA’s sanitation and hygiene guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting areas exposed to confirmed cases (go.gov.sg/NEAcleaning)

- Have clear guidelines for visibly unwell customers, eg. see a doctor, or reschedule meetings. Have proper procedures to safeguard staff and other customers for urgent services

Employees should:

- Observe good personal hygiene, monitor temperature and wash hands frequently with soap

- Avoid contact with those unwell

- Not go to work and see a doctor promptly if you are sick; stay at home and avoid crowds while recovering

For more:
🔘 go.gov.sg/MOMadvisory
🔘 www.moh.gov.sg

Update on 2019 Novel Coronavirus situation in Singapore

As of 12pm on 5 Feb, there are 4 new confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV infection in Singapore.

Confirmed cases: 28
Cases tested negative: 295
Pending results: 62
Discharged: 1

Of the four new cases, three are linked to the cluster of local transmission announced yesterday, and one is an imported case involving a Chinese tourist from Wuhan.

All new cases today are stable. Most of the earlier confirmed cases are stable or improving. One requires additional oxygen support, but is not in the intensive care unit.

As medical practitioners are on the lookout for suspect cases who have recently been in China, Singapore is likely to see more cases that would not have been previously investigated.

Read the press release for details: go.gov.sg/moh5febncov

Steps to clean and disinfect homes possibly exposed to nCoV

Preparation
Wear a surgical mask 😷and gloves. Don’t touch your face. Open the windows.

For surfaces
Prepare disinfectant/bleach solution to mop floor from one end of the home to another. Soak cloths with disinfectant/bleach solution. Wipe all frequently touched areas and toilet surfaces.

For fabrics
Machine wash bedding and other fabrics with detergent. For the full instructions, see the NEA guidelines at go.gov.sg/NEAhomes1

Finishing up
Mop once more. Throw all cloths used in a double-lined trash bag🗑Remove gloves, then wash your hands with soap and water. Remove mask, then wash your hands with soap and water.

Throw gloves and masks into a double-lined trash bag. Separate clean-up waste from other household waste. Shower🚿, change your clothes, and air your home.

NEA video: go.gov.sg/NEAhomes

S'pore is currently at DORSCON Yellow.

What does DORSCON mean?

DORSCON = Disease Outbreak Response System Condition

It shows the current disease situation in S’pore.

For all levels, be socially responsible, maintain good hygiene, follow health advisories

🟢 Green
- Disease is mild
- OR severe but does not spread easily
- Minimal disruption to daily life

🟡 Yellow
- Disease is severe and spreads easily but outside of S’pore
- OR spreading in S’pore but typically mild or contained
- Additional measures for some sectors, but minimal disruption

🟠 Orange
- Disease is severe and spreads easily but has not spread widely in S’pore
- Moderate disruptions to daily life
Additionally, comply with control measures

🔴Red
- Disease is severe and spreading widely
- Major disruptions to daily life
Comply with control measures and avoid crowded areas

Keep updated on S’pore’s DORSCON status
Go.gov.sg/mohupdates

Update on 2019-nCoV situation

As of 2pm on 6 Feb, there are 2 new confirmed cases.

Confirmed: 30
Cases tested negative: 310
Pending results: 147
Discharged: 1

Of these, one is a 41 yo S'pore citizen who has no recent travel history to mainland China, and does not appear to be linked with previous cases. The other is a close contact of a previously confirmed case. Contact tracing is in progress

All new cases today are stable. Most of the earlier confirmed cases are stable or improving. Conditions of 2 cases have worsened - 1 is now in critical condition in ICU, another requires additional oxygen support

Govt agencies are ready to ramp up measures further if needed based on findings from ongoing investigations

Details: go.gov.sg/moh6febncov

What can you do
- Wash your hands frequently with soap
- Avoid touching your face
- Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing/sneezing
- See a doctor if you are feeling unwell and stay at home

More: go.gov.sg/protect

Update on Leave of Absence (LOA) measures

✔ It is now mandatory for all workers returning from Mainland China to be placed on a 14 day LOA

✔ All employers to report to MOM when their workers are returning, so that their return can be staggered

✔ For those with difficulties finding accommodation for their workers to serve their LOA, the Govt will work with them to provide dorm facilities 🏠

✔ $100 a day will be provided to support the employers with workers on LOA, and MOM will waive the foreign worker levy for LOA period

Get updates on the virus situation here:
Go.gov.sg/mohupdates
Go.gov.sg/ncovloa

False rumours on the 2019-nCoV situation

There has been a message circulating of a death in Singapore due to the nCoV virus.
This is false. MOH has confirmed that there are currently no deaths due to the virus.

MOH has been providing updates on the cases to the public.
We urge everyone not to spread unverified information.

Please refer to go.gov.sg/mohupdates for latest updates.

S'pore has raised alert to DORSCON Orange
For more: go.gov.sg/dorscon7feb

Additional precautionary measures:

Advice to cancel/defer large scale non-essential events
If proceeding:
- Carry out temperature screening
- Deny entry for those with respiratory symptoms
- Have travel declaration and participant list if possible
- Venues to have ventilation and handwashing facilities
- Increased cleaning

At the work place
- Twice-daily temperature taking and checks for respiratory symptoms
- Those with fever to see a doctor promptly
- Business continuity plans may include telecommuting or segregating workforce into teams

For vulnerable groups
- Hospitals to implement temperature screening; separate care for pneumonia patients
- Schools to suspend inter-school and external activities
- Preschools and eldercare services to limit visitors

As of 2pm on 7 Feb, MOH confirmed 3 new cases with no links to previous cases or travel history to China: go.gov.sg/moh7feb

🟠 DORSCON Orange | What should you do

In light of DORSCON Orange, the Government has introduced additional precautionary measures.

These measures will only be effective if every individual plays their part.

[Recap] How nCoV is transmitted:
💦 Contact with droplets from infected individuals
🚪Contact with contaminated surfaces

Most effective method to prevent transmission:
👍 Practise good personal hygiene
👐🧼 Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
🧴 Use hand sanitisers if above is unavailable
🙅‍♀ Avoid touching your face
👋 Avoid shaking hands, use alternative greetings

Be socially responsible:
🛌 Stay at home if you are sick
😷 Wear a mask if you are going out to see a doctor
😌 Stay calm, be vigilant and keep up with official updates at go.gov.sg/mohupdates

Stay calm; don't panic buy

After MOH raised the risk assessment to DORSCON Orange, there have been reports of people clearing out food and household items at supermarkets.

🙅‍♀Please do not rush to stock up on essential supplies🙅‍♂

Singapore is not running into a shortage of essential food or household items.
Stocks are available in warehouses, and they will be replenished in stores soon. 🛒
🇸🇬 The Government also has a national stockpile for essential items.

💪 Let’s all play our part

❌ Do not hoard items
Do not panic buy and deprive others.

👍 Help others where you can
Look out for others in the community, and share reliable information from official sources with them.

go.gov.sg/beresponsible

Enhanced Precautionary Measures in Schools

MOE earlier introduced precautionary measures to minimise congregation of students in large numbers:
🏕 Suspension of large group activities, such as assemblies, camps, mass celebrations
🍽 Staggered recess times
🎾 Smaller groups for school-based CCAs and after-school programmes

🟠 Enhanced measures by MOE
❌ Suspension of all external school activities and inter-school activities until end of March school holidays
👩‍🏫 Roll out of educational package to teach students about virus transmission and what they can do to prevent it

Fake news on school closures
A fake screenshot of a CNA tweet was circulated widely on social media saying that all schools, including polytechnics and universities, are to close next Monday
🙅‍♀ This is not true 🙅‍♂

For more:
go.gov.sg/MOE7feb
go.gov.sg/MOEmeasures

Let’s be Calm & Considerate. We can get through this together

🟠 What is DORSCON orange?
- It means that more measures are introduced to minimise the risk of further spread.
- These measures will mainly impact large-scale events, the workplace, and vulnerable groups like children or the elderly.

🤔 What should I do?
- Good personal hygiene is still the best method to keep the virus away.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, avoid touching your face.
- Take temperature twice daily🌡and look out for fever and respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, runny nose).
- If you are unwell, wear a mask, avoid crowds and see a doctor promptly👨‍⚕

🛒 There is no need to rush and stock up on food

- There are sufficient supplies of food, and supermarkets have been restocking their shelves.
- Hoarding will only cause anxiety and deprive others who really need these things.
- Let’s do the right thing and not buy more than we need to.

Why you don’t need to stockpile food:
go.gov.sg/beresponsible

Stay united and calm, take precautions and carry on
Full details: go.gov.sg/ncov8febPM

With DORSCON Orange, we have enhanced measures to protect S'poreans.

Singapore is better prepared today from our SARS experience. We have adequate mask supplies and Personal Protective Equipment, better medical capabilities and trained healthcare workers.

Experts say the new virus is more infectious than SARS but much less dangerous.

The situation is evolving and the Government will respond promptly and dynamically.

Let’s do our part by:
💧 Washing hands often with soap
🙆‍♂Avoid touching eyes or face
🌡 Taking your temperature twice-daily
👩‍⚕ Visiting a doctor if unwell, and avoiding crowded places

Fear can do more harm than nCoV. Please avoid:
❌ Spreading rumours online
❌ Panic buying food or masks
❌ Blaming others for the outbreak

❤Let’s stay calm and help one another. Show support for our healthcare workers, volunteers and those maintaining services to keep Singapore running.

Update on 2019-nCoV cases

As of 12pm on 8 Feb, there are 7 new confirmed cases. 5 of these are linked to previous cases.

MOH has uncovered links between previously announced and new cases.

Confirmed: 40
Tested negative: 438
Pending results: 181
Discharged: 2

Most are stable/improving. 4 are in ICU, 1 requires additional oxygen support.

Case 34: Local female 40, works at the health product shop

Case 35: Local male, 64, taxi driver

Case 36: Female Singapore PR, 38, attended the Grand Hyatt business meeting

Cases 37: Local male, 53, private hire car driver

Case 38: Local female, 52, visited The Life Church and Missions Singapore, linked to 5 earlier cases

Case 39: Local male, 51, attended the Grand Hyatt business meeting

Case 40: Local male, 36, works at same shop as Case 34

S’pore will likely see more cases that will need investigation as medical practitioners are on the lookout for suspect cases.

More: go.gov.sg/moh8feb

Beware of scam callers asking for financial details, and claiming to be from the Ministry of Health conducting contact tracing.

How do you know if MOH is really calling you?
MOH will not ask for your financial details when conducting contact tracing.

📞 If you wish to verify the authenticity of a call about contact tracing, use the MOH General hotline at 6325 9220, or

🖥 Refer to official sources for information, such as www.moh.gov.sg (MOH website) and go.gov.sg/2019ncov (Gov.sg website)

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