1st suspected case of Wuhan virus in S'pore

A photo taken on Jan 3, 2020, shows travellers arriving at Changi Airport Terminal 1.
A photo taken on Jan 3, 2020, shows travellers arriving at Changi Airport Terminal 1.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Singapore has reported its first suspected case of the mystery Wuhan virus, involving a three-year-old girl from China who had pneumonia and a travel history to the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Countries are ramping up surveillance and response efforts to guard against the virus, which has hit at least 44 people in Wuhan.

The outbreak, which emerged last month, has revived memories of the Sars epidemic that started in southern China and killed hundreds around the world.

In Hong Kong, where five possible cases have been reported, the authorities have activated a newly created "serious response" level.

The city's health department added another thermal imaging system at the airport last Friday.

More staff have been assigned for temperature checks at the West Kowloon station that connects Hong Kong to the mainland.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 05, 2020, with the headline '1st suspected case of Wuhan virus in S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe