DORSCON level raised to Orange as community spread Coronavirus infection increases

Singapore has on Friday (7 Feb), raised the DORSCON level from Yellow to Orange, after 4 more Coronavirus infections were determined to be of unknown origins, signaling that there is now community spread of the disease.

Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON)  is a framework used to guide the way the country deals with and manages outbreaks. Code Orange is one level below Red which is the highest most urgent code in cases of pandemics that are out of control. The lowest level is Green, which signifies that a disease is mild and does not spread easily from person to person.

The system was created during the 2003 SARS outbreak in Singapore, which killed 33 and infected 238 persons. The country’s DORSON code was also at Orange during the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak.

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As of Friday (7 Feb), there are a total of 33 confirmed cases of persons infected by the Coronavirus, among which the latest 4 cases are of persons with  no link either to mainland China or to previous cases in the country.

The previously diagnosed 29 cases were of people who had either visited mainland China, including Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, or who had come into contact with travellers from China – including a group of people who worked at a shop catering to Chinese tourists, and their family members.

The first case with no link either to mainland China or to previous cases surfaced on Thursday (6 Feb) in a 41-year-old man who developed a fever on January 28 and was admitted to hospital on February 3. Three more similar new cases followed on Friday (7 Jan).

The 3 new cases include a 53-year-old Singaporean who had travelled to Malaysia on three separate occasions, on January 6, 11 and 17. He reported symptoms on January 23, and was admitted to Changi General Hospital on February 1. Another was a 42-year-old Singaporean who is a teacher at Victoria Junior College. She developed symptoms on February 2 and was admitted to Parkway East Hospital. The third was a 39-year-old female Singaporean who was in Malaysia from January 22 to 29. She developed symptoms on January 30, and is in isolation at the Sengkang General Hospital.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong (left) with Minister of National Development Lawrence Wong

At a press conference on Friday (7 Jan), Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said investigations into the first case had “not been able to establish a link to previous cases or any travel history to mainland China”.

There are now cases that we are unable to determine the source of infection, they are not linked to any existing cases nor linked to travel history to China. And therefore we suspect the sources of the infection are in the community.

The minister also said that the government is now “aggressively trying to stop or limit further spread” of the Coronavirus (2019_nCoV) and “have been preparing for this scenario and we are ready to manage this situation”.

Minister Gan added:

I understand that Singaporeans are anxious and concerned and there is much that we do not yet know about the virus – new information is emerging every day. We expect that this [will] take time to resolve, maybe months. Life cannot come to a standstill but we should take all the necessary precautions and carry on with life.

The Coronavirus has infected more than 31,000 people worldwide and killed 638, with the bulk of the cases in mainland China. Outside China, Japan has the highest number of infections at 86, followed by Singapore with 33 and Thailand with 25.

As of 2359 hours on January 7

Among Singapore’s cases, 2 have been discharged and 2 are in critical conditions in intensive care.

 

 

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24 Responses to “DORSCON level raised to Orange as community spread Coronavirus infection increases”

  • Harder Truths:

    There is not one – not one – communicable disease control mechanism in $G. I hope the 70% get it – all of them. They get what you deserve.

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  • Dr. Chan:

    Those 2 clowns in the picture look clueless. They and their ministries should POFMA themselves and come up with statement like (We are spreading rumors about Coronavirus spreading like crazy) and issue themselves Correction Directive order.
    Continue NOT to wear mask until you catch it and get really sick.
    Hope all the idiots MIW ministers catch it and go meet Jesus or Alah.

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  • Oragnge Alert:

    They are still “monitoring” the situation. If there are four unconnected cases, the threat of communnity spread is real and we could see more in the days and weeks ahead. Should people start wearing their masks to work and school? Should classes and public events be cancelled? What additional measures are taken to prevent situation from going from Orange to Red?

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  • Gokakorlah:

    This virus made China lock down 50 million people

    10 time Singapore population. Normal a not?

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  • Gokakorlah:

    Looking for another mask selamat.?

    In Malaysia?

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  • Gokakorlah:

    The minister doesn’t knows once contracted

    Whole family at risk. Don’t know minister know a not?

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  • Gokakorlah:

    In China now cannot shake hands

    Because all at home!

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  • travel ban to th without masks:

    …. heavenly abodes only harbor considerate beings

    Dr. Chan:
    Those 2 clowns in the picture look clueless. They and their ministries should POFMA themselves and come up with statement like (We are spreading rumors about Coronavirus spreading like crazy) and issue themselves Correction Directive order.
    Continue NOT to wear mask until you catch it and get really sick.
    Hope all the idiots MIW ministers catch it and go meet Jesus or Alah.

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  • Jialut liao, today feel a bit feverish, take temperature say 37.2. Dunno count fever or not, scarry man.

    Better not kenna, else my piggy, cow, chickens, duck, puppy and fishes all must up the lorry.

    I stay at home since CNY, where also no go, like dat can kenna can strick 4D liao lo.

    .

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  • nizhemoshou:

    It is said that Japan cases spiked up bcos of the cruise ship cases . If the cases in cruise ship which has been under lockdown in the dock on its arrival are excluded in the count, SG and not Japan is no 1 highest in the world outside China for no of infected cases.
    With so many holidaymakers and crew mbers confined within a ship during the trip, not difficult to imagine contagion can spread easily in a cruise ship .
    Sg also got cruise ship docking in n out every week . How come no news SG authorities is doing the same as Japan n other european countries – no disembarkation until all aboard are checked and cleared for the infection.

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  • must wear mask:

    TRE Techie:
    Jialut liao, today feel a bit feverish, take temperature say 37.2. Dunno count fever or not, scarry man.

    Better not kenna, else my piggy, cow, chickens, duck, puppy and fishes all must up the lorry.

    I stay at home since CNY, where also no go, like dat can kenna can strick 4D liao lo.

    .

    we are retirees. and we drive everywhere.

    and the everywhere we go is just the coffee shop every morning to convince 70% sheep about pap lies and the nearby ntuc to buy bread.

    confirm no where else.

    yet one of us has sore throat yesterday. all become fearful because we only take lift up and there, walk to car in open car park, go to coffee shop and ntuc and return.

    we don’t want to kenna. even S$1,000 per day for us jobless we don’t want. our point is, we hope we don’t kenna.

    if we kenna, we update. which means for sure virus is in heartland already.

    we are monitoring today. hope the sore throat is nothing.

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  • In simple words:

    What they are saying is: we have no idea how the virus is spreading now.
    If you rely on us for advice, it’s your (stupid) choice.

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  • Orange Alert:

    Gokakorlah:
    This virus made China lock down 50 million people

    10 time Singapore population. Normal a not?

    It seems unusual for a virus to spread so agressively and rapidly to affect over 30,000 people in such a short time. Could it have been bio-terrorism or bio-experiment gone wrong? One cannot imagine what will happen if it spreads at that speed in SG.

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  • Antidote:

    Could it be possible that the antidote is in the virus itself? What say research scientists…

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  • Boh Kia See:

    You can tell the infected person that we are only in Yellow or Orange. I am sure the person will feel very assured–knowing it is his time to go.

    So does it mean that when the Code is Red, people should be ready to jump off the balcony of their HDB flats.

    it will not surprise me that some of those in Singapore under the CECA provisions will want to scamper back to their hometowns. They come to Singapore to enrich themselves not to take any health risks.

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  • Red means Stop!:

    When it turns Red, please stop unnecessary activities. No Celebration. Observe
    Celibacy to avoid virulent pregnancies.
    Doesn’t matter if TFR↝0.

    Wash armpits, ears, nose, mouth, eyes, navel, genitals and bowels thoroughly. Keep finger nails short and wash hands regularly, at least five times a day. Talk and laugh much, much, less. Feeling tight in the throat and nostrils, consume honey.

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  • Yang Jun, a prominent sales executive in the photovoltaic equipment industry, traveled to a meeting in Wuhan on Jan. 6 and returned home on the train to Beijing via Shanghai a week later.

    A day before he checked himself into a hospital, he attended a school event with his daughter and sat in a lecture hall with hundreds of other parents, according to a statement released later by the Beijing school that asked all parents to quarantine themselves.

    Yang died this week.

    Everyday I read news everyday I worry and scarry. In no time, no kenna corona also die of heart attack liao.

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  • Lonely Elderly:

    Please keep an eye on all elderly who live alone in HDB flat. They may get infected,die and decompose, thus aggravating the grave situation we are in now.

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  • zesusmama:

    There may be another level after RED level. It is white colour level, and because the text colour is white, nothing can be read, and pap clowns can have some relief because no one can read the white text, and white is colour of death and funeral, don’t even need to explain.

    And when it reach White level, no need to report anymore infection and death because it has become the “new normal”, only report when there is no infection and death.

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  • possible .....:

    Antidote:
    Could it be possible that the antidote is in the virus itself? What say research scientists…

    ….. the virus is in the antidote, and the antidote is in the bat. if only one can transform oneself into a bat, or acquire the functional body of a bat, the immune system is practically impregnable.

    https://youtu.be/CwBHQhMSblo

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  • Serious, it's RED practically:

    Serious, Orange means the disease is serious but it “is being contained.”

    Look at the daily news. There are more and more cases, and cases with untraceable cause. That means, don’t know how these people got infected.

    Do these numbers show that the disease “is being contained”? On the contrary, the disease is showing up faster and faster, and with unknown origins.

    It is also found all over Singapore. It has spread widely.
    Time to called this situation RED.

    See the last item in the RED panel: practise social distancing. Now see how the minsters sit? They already practise social distancing. It’s RED.

    News:
    Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Singapore rises to 40 – Health Ministry
    India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 08 Feb 2020, 10:34 pm
    #China, #Coronavirus, #Wuhan, #Singapore

    Moscow/Sputnik/UNI: Seven new coronavirus cases were registered in Singapore by Saturday, bringing the total number of people infected with the virus in the country to 40, the country’s health ministry said in a press release.

    “As of 8 February 2020, 12pm [04:00 GMT], the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed seven additional cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in Singapore. Of these, five are linked to previously announced cases,” the ministry said.

    On Friday, the ministry confirmed 33 coronavirus cases.

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  • Boh Kia See:

    It is to the credit of Singaporeans, that they refuse to listen to what the idiots are saying–no need to wear masks until feeling unwell.

    As I understand it, there is an incubation period during which there may not be any signs. I understand it is also an infectious period during that time. If I am right, then when a person feels unwell and starts wearing masks, then he/she would have infected others already.

    No point having all these colours that serves no useful purpose except to give a reason for people to hoard essential supplies–not just masks.

    Those two clowns in the picture are simply talking heads, I wouldn’t trust them at all–they seem full of empathy for the anxiety that citizens and going through. Right?

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  • Vapolebesar:

    must wear mask: we are retirees. and we drive everywhere.

    and the everywhere we go is just the coffee shop every morning to convince 70% sheep about pap lies and the nearby ntuc to buy bread.

    confirm no where else.

    yet one of us has sore throat yesterday. all become fearful because we only take lift up and there, walk to car in open car park, go to coffee shop and ntuc and return.

    we don’t want to kenna. even S$1,000 per day for us jobless we don’t want. our point is, we hope we don’t kenna.

    if we kenna, we update. which means for sure virus is in heartland already.

    we are monitoring today. hope the sore throat is nothing.

    30 hrs have lapsed but no updates!

    What happened?

    Dio Liao?

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  • LKY fuck spider:

    LKY you IDIOT son and the DICK HEADs in the do not have any FUCKING IDEA how to manage the corona virus crisis.One thing is for sure the number of infected is going to go through 5he roof.Any facilities would be COVERED up to be revealed after the elections.
    This is a real possibility as the herptitis facilities were not not revealed after the last elections.Mr Gan MUST have been sacked a long while back.This DICK HEAD due to his incompetence is going to kill all of us.
    LKY it is high time you get up from your grave and take over the government from your RETARDED son.

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