start by stating the current situation in Singapore.
The last reported SARS case not occurring in a
defined setting was on April 14 or more than 20 days
ago. The Communicable Disease Centre (Atlanta) has
lifted its travel advisory on Singapore. There is
only a travel alert now.
of onset of the last probable case of SARS in
Singapore was on 27 April or 11 days ago. Things
look much better today than they did two weeks ago.
does not mean that we can let our guard down. SARS
is a global problem and Singapore has instituted
measures to minimize the transborder transmission of
has implemented measures to ensure that SARS is not
imported or exported. At the Changi Airport, we are
screening all passengers and crew departing from
Singapore, as well as those arriving from SARS-affected
areas, with thermal scanners.
availability of more scanners from mid-May, the
temperature screening will be extended to all
arrivals, including transit and transfer passengers.
We are also progressively conducting temperature
screening at the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints, as
well as the sea checkpoints.
travellers arriving in Singapore are issued with
health advisories on SARS and are asked to fill in
health declaration cards. For any traveller who is
detected through the temperature screening as having
a fever, he/she is offered free SARS screening at
Tan Tock Seng Hospital, similar to Singaporeans.
any traveller be diagnosed as a SARS case after
being screened at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, contact
tracing will be activated to establish his/her
For Singaporean and
foreign contacts with local residences, they will be
issued Home Quarantine Orders. For foreign contacts
who leave Singapore within 48 hours (the incubation
period for SARS is 2-10 days), the relevant foreign
authorities will be notified through the World
Health Organisation, so that contact tracing there
can be activated if necessary. More.....