Warnings issued over travelling to Singapore

2020-02-11 at 19:54

South Korea and Israel have told their citizens to defer travelling to Singapore due to the novel coronavirus epidemic, while Indonesia and Taiwan have recommended that precautions be taken when travelling to the island.

Travel advisories have also been issued by Kuwait and Qatar for Singapore, following the raising of Singapore’s DORSCON level to Orange on Friday.

As of yesterday, confirmed coronavirus cases have risen to 45 in Singapore, where a business meeting at a hotel has been identified as a transmission cluster linked to cases in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Britain.

The Korea Times reported in addition to mainland China, South Korea has “strongly advised” its citizens to refrain from travelling to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and Taiwan.

108 people in mainland China died on Monday, the biggest single-day death toll yet.

2,478 new cases were identified in mainland China, bringing the number there to 42,638.

As of Tuesday morning, 43,090 people were infected worldwide.

Meanwhile 135 cases have been confirmed on a ship quarantined in Japan.

Another ship carrying more than 2,000 people is still searching for a port after being denied entry to at least four ports.