Gan Kim Yong; Parliament

The Wuhan virus outbreak in Singapore has gone out of control, with 3 new victims found to have been infected locally within the country. The Ministry of Health confessed that they have no idea who is the source or how they could have contracted the virus when none of them have any links with the known infected cases.

Among the three is a teacher from Victoria Junior College. Here are the details released by the Ministry of Health:

First case: He is a 53-year-old Singaporean who did not travel to China recently, but was in Malaysia on Jan 6, 11 and 17. He is currently warded in an isolation room at Changi General Hospital.

He developed symptoms on Jan 23 and visited a general practitioner (GP) clinic on the same day. He visited another GP clinic on Jan 28 and was admitted to Changi General Hospital last Saturday. He tested positive for the virus on Thursday at about 11pm.

He lives in Tampines Street 24. Before he was admitted, he went to The Life Church and Missions Singapore at 605A MacPherson Road. He also went to visit family and friends during Chinese New Year.

Second case: She is a 42-year-old Singaporean with no recent travel history to mainland China. She is now warded in an isolation room at Parkway East Hospital.

She developed symptoms on Sunday and was admitted to Parkway East Hospital on Wednesday. She tested positive for the virus on Thursday at about 11pm.

She is a teacher at Victoria Junior College and the last time she was in school was Jan 31. Teachers and students who were in close contact with her have been given 14 days leave of absence.

She did not interact with her colleagues and students after she developed symptoms on Sunday.

The woman lives in Elias Road and visited Changi Airport and the Singapore Zoo.

The junior college will be disinfecting the staff room and pantry. Co-curricular activities will be suspended for 14 days. Lessons will be conducted in smaller groups, too. For instance, in lecture theatres, students will be seated such that there is an empty seat between them.

Third case: She is a 39-year-old Singaporean with no recent travel history to mainland China but was in Malaysia from Jan 22 to 29. She is currently warded in an isolation room at Sengkang General Hospital.

She developed symptoms on Jan 30 and went to Sengkang General Hospital’s emergency department on Sunday. She tested positive for the virus on Thursday at about 11pm.”

There are now 33 infected. A cruise shop that departed from Singapore, and now in Japan, has also caused over 41 to be infected. A British national was also infected in Singapore and became England’s first case when he returned. Two South Koreans and a Malaysian were also infected in Singapore when they attended a business conference here.

There are also 5 persons who came into close contact with the infected missing in Singapore.

The Singapore government insists that there is no need to wear a mask in public and denied there has been any local transmission.