Lawrence Wong

The Ministry of Health identified a new cluster of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus at a private function dinner held at Joy Garden Restaurant in SAFRA Jurong. A total of 8 confirmed cases are linked to the dinner, with 4 out of 5 newly identified associated yesterday (Mar 5).

There are now a total of 117 cases in Singapore.

This is the sixth cluster acknowledged by the government, but its source of infection remains unknown. The four new cases are a 62-year-old man and three women, aged 62 50 and 52. The Ministry of Health did not reveal further information.

The fifth new case is a 42-year-old French national who holds a work permit in Singapore. Between Feb 8 and Mar 3, he was in France, Portugal, UK and Turkey. He reported symptoms on Mar 3 when he landed in Singapore, but the authorities did not take any measures.

The Frenchman, who knew he was infected, did not isolate himself after arriving in Changi Airport. He went to Gleneagles Hospital for a personal matter and went home at Mount Sophia before admitting himself in the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) a day later.