Gan Kim Yong and Lawrence Wong

Sydney Australia saw its two imported cases from Singapore, after a 53 year old man was tested positive, announced the New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard yesterday (Feb 3). Another 39-year-old man who travelled from Iran, with stopovers at Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, was also tested positive.

Local transmission has gone out of control in Singapore, with numerous foreigners contracting the virus in the island. Two South Koreans, one Malaysian and one UK national who spread to France, were all infected at a business conference at the Grand Hyatt Singapore in January. The World Health Organisation is still unable to find “patient zero”, who first spread the virus at the conference.

There are now 110 confirmed infected in Singapore, with two new cases reported yesterday.

One of them, a 70-year-old Singaporean (case 109), is a new case with no related links to existing clusters. The fish market worker first started coughing on Feb 25, and saw the GP clinic twice on Feb 27 and Feb 28. He was only identified as a suspect case on Feb 29 when he made his way to the Singapore General Hospital.