Singapore confirms first case of Wuhan virus

SINGAPORE (AGENCIES) – A China national has tested positive for the Wuhan virus in Singapore, with another likely to have the virus.

The 66-year-old man, a Wuhan resident, arrived in Singapore with nine travelling companions on Monday, and stayed at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa resort, the Singaporean Ministry of Health said at a briefing yesterday night.

A 53-year-old woman, also a China national but not travelling with the group, has come up positive in preliminary tests, which are awaiting confirmation. In addition, the man’s son, 37, is a suspected case and has also been warded, while the rest of the group are being quarantined and monitored for two weeks.

However, there was no evidence that the virus had spread to anyone here, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, China banned trains and planes from leaving Wuhan yesterday, seeking to seal off its 11 million people to contain the contagious disease.

Authorities in Wuhan also suspended buses and subways, and said residents should not leave “without a special reason”.