COVID-19: All you need to know about its impact on Singapore and the rest of the world

A visitor wearing a face mask takes photos near lanterns in preparation for the upcoming birthday of Buddha on April 30 at the Chogyesa temple in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, March 8, 2020. The number of infections of the COVID-19 disease continues spread around the globe. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A visitor wearing a face mask takes photos near lanterns in preparation for the upcoming birthday of Buddha on 30 April at the Chogyesa temple in Seoul, South Korea on 8 March, 2020. (PHOTO: AP)

Last updated on 18 March

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SINGAPORE — Authorities in China and around the world are in a race to contain a deadly coronavirus – originating from Wuhan – that’s fast-spreading throughout Asia and the globe.

To date, the epidemic has surpassed the recorded infection and fatality figures for the 2002-2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak.

The outbreak started sometime in December last year and is likely to have come from an animal source at Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, which reportedly sold live foxes, crocodiles, wolf puppies, giant salamanders, snakes, porcupines, and other game, in addition to seafood.

Here’s a look at the key developments and global numbers:

Anger and shock: Malaysian workers scramble to enter Singapore hours before start of lockdown

Italy and South Korea virus outbreaks reveal disparity in deaths and tactics

What would an Olympics cancellation cost Japan?

Singapore to accept cruise ship rejected by Malaysia, Thailand amid COVID-19 fears

Grab shuts Singapore, Thailand offices after coronavirus infection

Embassies close in North Korea as diplomats evacuated over virus

Behind the scenes, scientists prep for COVID-19 vaccine test

Coronavirus epidemic will not end this year: Hong Kong’s leading microbiologist

Pet dog infected with COVID-19, Hong Kong authorities confirm

China virus expert says earlier action would have reduced infections

Saudi bans pilgrims from holy sites over virus as Iran deaths jump

Japan woman tests positive for virus after 'recovery'

South Korea on virus 'high' alert, Italy and Iran take drastic steps

Third death from Japan cruise ship as new cases raise quarantine doubts

Chinese medical expert warns recovered coronavirus patients may still be contagious

China says coronavirus vaccine trials to start around late April

Secretive church at centre of South Korea's explosive coronavirus outbreak

Malaysia probes dozens over virus misinformation

COVID-19: 5 Singaporeans on board Diamond Princess allowed to disembark

WHO names deadly virus from China as 'COVID-19'

WHO warns overseas virus spread may be 'tip of the iceberg'

Countries evacuating nationals from coronavirus areas

Coronavirus: Whistle-blower Dr Li Wenliang dies of virus at 34

WHO: 'no known effective' treatments for new coronavirus

Caution urged after researchers link pangolin to coronavirus

On the menu at China virus market: rats and live wolf pups

Coronavirus in Singapore

To date, there are 313 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Singapore, of which over 130 are imported cases. Here is the breakdown of cases in Singapore, as well as measures taken by local authorities:

COVID-19: All travellers entering S'pore to serve 14-day stay-home notice; S'poreans advised to defer all travel abroad

Companies in Singapore hit by Malaysia lockdown to get $50 per night over 2 weeks for each affected worker’s lodging

Temporary closure of Singapore mosques to be extended for 9 more days, ‘real’ risk of large cluster: Muis

COVID-19: All travellers entering Singapore from ASEAN to serve 14-day stay-home notice

COVID-19: 79 Singaporean attendees who attended religious event in Malaysia contacted

COVID-19: Ticketed events with at least 250 participants to be cancelled, deferred

COVID-19: Symptomatic travellers to S'pore must serve 14-day stay-home notice regardless of swab test outcome

COVID-19: Singapore imposes new border restrictions on Italy, Spain, France and Germany

COVID-19: Singapore planning ahead; no Dorscon red, no lockdown, says PM Lee

'For the common good': Catholic masses in Singapore remain suspended amid COVID-19 outbreak

Visitors to Singapore who can't afford COVID-19 treatment may get help: Gan

COVID-19: All senior-centric activities conducted by government agencies to be suspended for 14 days

22% of pre-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Singapore continued work, normal activities while sick

COVID-19: MOE terminates student passes of 2 foreign students

COVID-19: More than 600 passengers disembark from Costa Fortuna cruise ship in Singapore

COVID-19: No more free treatment for short-term visit pass holders seeking treatment in Singapore

COVID-19: SG Clean Taskforce set up to ensure long-term hygiene standards

COVID-19: Singapore extends travel ban to new visitors from South Korea, Iran, northern Italy

COVID-19: MHA seeks to ban Singapore branch of controversial Korean church

COVID-19: Couple from China charged under Infectious Diseases Act

Healthcare workers battling COVID-19 to get special bonus of up to 1 month

President, political office holders to take 1 month pay cut: DPM Heng

COVID-19: Work pass holders who travel to Daegu, Cheongdo in last 14 days need MOM's approval to enter Singapore

COVID-19: New visitors with recent travel history to Daegu and Cheongdo not allowed to enter Singapore from late Wed

COVID-19: Two church-related clusters linked through Chinese New Year family gathering

COVID-19: First patient in Singapore discharged after 28-day stay, counts himself lucky – report

COVID-19: Travellers returning to Singapore from China outside Hubei not allowed to leave house for 14 days

COVID-19: Healthcare workers get help in seeking refunds for cancelled holiday plans

COVID-19: $77m package for taxi, private-hire car drivers amid falling ridership

COVID-19: Too early to predict peak of virus here, says senior MOH official

Coronavirus: What we know about the 5 clusters in Singapore so far

Coronavirus: Singapore events affected by viral outbreak

Coronavirus: Singapore and Malaysia to set up joint working group to control spread

Coronavirus: Fear can do more harm than the virus, says PM Lee

Coronavirus: Singapore raises Dorscon response level to ‘orange’

Coronavirus: Schools to suspend inter-school, external activities until end of March school holidays

Coronavirus: 'Patient zero' linked to multiple infected cases at Grand Hyatt meeting not yet identified – MOH

Coronavirus: Don't shake hands, adopt alternative greetings, says Ministry of Health

Coronavirus: Employers must inform MOM of workers returning to Singapore from China – Lawrence Wong

Coronavirus: Singapore expands travel ban to all China visitors

Coronavirus: Washing hands offers more protection than face masks, authorities say