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27 juill. 2020 | 03h31 UTC

Singapore: Over 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of July 27 /update 18

Singapore Alerte de sécurité

Authorities confirm over 50,000 COVID-19 cases as of July 27; further spread of the virus expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 27/7/2020, 12h00 until 3/8/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Singapore). COUNTRY/REGION Singapore

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Event

Singapore authorities have recorded over 50,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Monday, July 27. The current total now stands at 50,369 cases and 27 associated fatalities.

Singapore is currently in the second phase of its response to the pandemic, details can be found here. Individuals that do not comply with the measures will be subject to fines and/or prosecution.

The wearing of face masks remains mandatory in public spaces. The majority of shops, services, and eateries have reopened, however, social distancing measures will remain in place. Gatherings of up to five people are permitted and individuals must record their visits to any shops or services via the 'Safe Entry' phone app or by signing in upon entry.

Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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