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Lessons from Sars will help Singapore tackle bug from China

Travellers at the arrival hall of Changi Airport's Terminal 1 on Jan 3, 2020.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

For those living in well-connected global cities such as Singapore, it is difficult to stay calm when new and unknown bugs spread pneumonia in Wuhan, China - just a 4 ½ hour flight away.

So far, 44 people have been affected; 11 are seriously ill. Many people here still remember the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) which hit Singapore hard in 2003.

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