23 Jan 2020
SINGAPORE MINISTRY OF HEALTH UPDATES PUBLIC HEALTH TRAVEL ADVISORY IN RESPONSE TO CASES OF NOVEL CORONAVIRUS IN CHINA
23 JANUARY 2020
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has updated its public health travel advisory, and advises Singaporeans to avoid travelling to Wuhan. This is in view of the developing novel coronavirus situation in Wuhan and other parts of China, as well as the temporary closure from today of airports and train stations in Wuhan, and limited travel out of Wuhan.
2. MOH also reminds the public to continue to exercise caution and attention to personal hygiene when travelling to the rest of China.
3. Travellers should adopt the following precautions at all times:
· Avoid contact with live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats;
· Avoid crowded places and close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
· Observe good personal hygiene;
· Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
· Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose;
· Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
· Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.
4. All travellers should monitor their health closely for two weeks upon return to Singapore and seek medical attention promptly if they feel unwell, and also inform their doctor of their travel history. If they have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, runny nose), they should wear a mask and call the clinic ahead of the visit.
5. Given the evolving situation and ongoing investigations in China, Singapore residents who need to travel to the affected areas are advised to regularly check MOH’s website (www.moh.gov.sg) for updates. Travellers to China are also advised to stay vigilant, monitor developments and heed the advice of the local Chinese authorities while in China.Link to MOH website: https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/moh-updates-public-health-travel-advisory-in-response-to-cases-of-novel-coronavirus-in-china