COVID-19: How it's spreading in Singapore and the world

French lab scientists in hazmat gear inserting liquid in test tube manipulate potentially infected patient samples at Pasteur Institute in Paris, on 6 February, 2020. (PHOTO: AP)

Last updated on 14 February

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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.

Its first-ever case was detected on 31 December. The COVID-19 virus is likely to have come from an animal source at Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, which reportedly also sold live foxes, crocodiles, wolf puppies, giant salamanders, snakes, porcupines, camel meat and other game, in addition to seafood.

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

Virus death toll soars as China changes counting methods

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

Eight days in Wuhan, cut off from the world

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

Here is what WHO experts are watching on the coronavirus' spread

Countries evacuating nationals from coronavirus areas

Coronavirus: What is a 'super spreader' and how many people has one British man infected?

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

What we know and don't know about the new coronavirus

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

Coronavirus in Singapore

To date, there are 75 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Singapore, of which 53 are local transmissions. Here is the breakdown of cases in Singapore, as well as measures taken by local authorities:


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

COVID-19: Catholic Church in Singapore suspends all Masses

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: Discharged patient thought she caught the common flu

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

(SOURCE: MOH)