Wuhan virus: The science

Wuhan virus: Singapore's ability to deal with threat has improved since Sars, say experts

Singapore was quick to take precautions after China informed WHO on Dec 31 last year of the emergence of an unknown bug that causes pneumonia.
Singapore was quick to take precautions after China informed WHO on Dec 31 last year of the emergence of an unknown bug that causes pneumonia.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Singapore's medical community and the nation as a whole are far better prepared to deal with the Wuhan coronavirus than they were in 2003, when the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) emerged, say experts.

"There is a good chance that there will be no, or very limited, community spread in Singapore if we keep up with what we are doing thus far," says Professor Chia Kee Seng, a senior epidemiologist from the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 02, 2020, with the headline 'Experts: S'pore's ability to deal with threat has improved since Sars'. Subscribe