Singapore raised the risk alert on coronavirus to orange after on February 7 announced three more cases of new strain of coronavirus.
Singapore announced on February 3 more cases of a new strain of coronavirus, but it was not confirmed whether these people had previously traveled to China or were involved in other cases, according to Reuters.
The Southeast Asian nation — which has one of the most confirmed cases of the mysterious new virus — raised the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) to orange. That means the disease can be easily transmitted and is severe, but contained.
The system is color-coded, starting from green at the lowest level, followed by yellow, orange and red — the highest risk level. During the SARS outbreak 17 years ago, which killed 33 people in Singapore and infected 238, the status was orange.
On Friday, three new cases were announced, which took Singapore’s total confirmed cases to 33, according to the health ministry. The youngest patient so far is a six-month-old baby.
The highest alert level is red, which means the disease is spreading.
“As there are now a few local cases without any links to previous cases or travel history to China, we have stepped up our risk assessment,” the Health Ministry said in a statement, adding that businesses and citizens should be prepared for “widespread community transmission”.
Among confirmed cases in Singapore, a 6-month-old baby was born. The first cases of domestic transmission in Singapore were announced on February 4 by officials.
Earlier, confirmed coronavirus cases including chain infection was recorded in two families. The first is the family of a saleswoman in Yong Thai Hang, which sells health care items to Chinese tourists.
The other family infected with coronavirus is a female tour guide from China and her husband. This couple last time did not come to China.