A lesson in efficiency: how Singapore is fighting coronavirus | The Daily Star
03:52 PM, February 12, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:00 PM, February 12, 2020

A lesson in efficiency: how Singapore is fighting coronavirus

Singapore is doing what is needed to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak, which included immediately closing off all entrance points to the country to anyone with fever.

The country, which is at high risk, is heavily monitoring all land, air and sea ports.

According to The Straits Times, Singapore moved to code orange on Friday (February 7) and new measures include cancelling large-scale events if possible.

Earlier measures include not allowing non-residents who had been in Hubei, China in the past fortnight, or people holding passports issued in Hubei, from entering.

"Singapore has been identifying cases, isolating them, done contact tracing, everything that's necessary to do to stop the outbreak."

A video on the Nas Daily page, further highlighted some of the measures taken by the government of Singapore to combat this crisis.

"The country went on a cleaning spree. They cleaned the playgrounds, the super markets, the food courts and even elevator buttons to make sure the virus does not spread," the globally-renowned vlogger said.  

But what happens if someone is infected or falls sick within the country?

"They are immediately rushed to the hospital and tests are run on them. Anyone who came in close contact, are also tested for signs of infection," according to the video.

The vlogger also mentioned that if treated early, there is a 90 percent chance of recovery.

Infectious diseases expert Professor David Heymann of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who headed the World Health Organisation's (WHO) global response to Sars in 2003, lauded Singapore's efforts, according to The Straits Times.

Heymann said this may make things inconvenient for people, but "you have to put precautionary measures in until you understand what the potential of this outbreak is".

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