No new cases of Wuhan coronavirus as of 2pm on February 2

In a statement, Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) said it has not been notified of any new confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection as of 2pm on February 2.

Earlier, 18 confirmed imported cases were announced. None of them is critically ill, said MOH,  adding that all of them remain in stable condition, and most are improving. 

There is also currently no evidence of community spread in Singapore.

National Centre for Infectious Diseases. Photo: NCID
National Centre for Infectious Diseases. Photo: NCID

February 2, 240 of the suspect cases have tested negative for 2019-nCoV. Test results for the remaining 43 cases are pending.

Meanwhile, contact tracing for the confirmed cases is ongoing. Once identified, MOH will closely monitor all close contacts. They will be quarantined for 14 days from their last exposure to the patient, as a precautionary measure.

MOH has identified 251 close contacts. Of the 182 who are still in Singapore, 179 have been contacted and are being quarantined or isolated. Efforts are ongoing to contact the remaining three close contacts.

Singapore residents have been advised to defer all travel to Hubei Province and all non-essential travel to Mainland China.