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Lessons from Sars will help Singapore tackle virus from China

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 41/2-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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 04, 2020, with the headline 'Lessons from Sars will help Singapore tackle virus from China'. Print Edition | Subscribe