Singapore Reports Three New Coronavirus Cases With No Known Links

Posted on February 7, 2020

Local transmission of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is occurring in Singapore with no links to China or previous cases. There are now four such cases in the country. A previous local transmission case with no known link was announced on Thursday. Three new cases were announced today.

The Straits Times reports that these cases were detected because Singapore started testing testing all pneumonia patients in hospitals for the virus. Two of the patients had recently traveled to Malaysia. Wider testing of hospitalized pneumonia patients is a wise move that should be implemented in other countries such as Thailand, India and Indonesia that are likely to have similar unlinkable cases.

Singapore now has a total of 33 coronavirus cases. The Ministry of Health (MOH) has upgraded the disease outbreak response level to Orange from Yellow. There are four levels: green, yellow, orange and red.

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