Covid-19: Medical society urges travellers from Singapore, Hong Kong to observe self-quarantine

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KUCHING, Feb 14: The Society of Private Medical Practitioners Sarawak (SPMPS) has advised Sarawakians who recently travelled to Singapore and Hong Kong to observe the 14 days self-quarantine upon returning to the state.

This considering the increasing case of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) infections in the two regions.

“Sarawakians who stayed in Singapore and Hong Kong are advised to postpone their trips back to the state and at the same time, we are also advising Sarawakians to postpone all of their trips to the two regions,” its president Dr Liew Shan Fap said in a statement.

He reminded the the public to maintain good personal hygiene to prevent passing any infection to their close members.

“SPMPS urges the corporation of everyone to prevent more misfortune from happening.”

Singapore’s Health Ministry reported today that eight new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus as of Thursday (Feb 13) were detected, bringing the tally in the island republic to 58.

It added that all eight cases are currently being treated in isolation rooms at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. It said 43 confirmed cases are still in hospital, with seven in critical conditions in intensive care units.

As of Tuesday (Feb 11) the number of cases in Hong Kong has increased to 51.

According to its Centre for Health Protection (CHP), out of the 51 confirmed cases, one patient has passed away, one has been cured and discharged from hospital, while the remaining 49 hospitalised including four in critical condition and five in serious condition.

The other 40 patients are in stable condition, with hospital authority and CHP making careful assessment and tests before arranging for their discharge. — DayakDaily