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S'pore not taking chances
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SINGAPORE: The city state is not taking any chances in containing the
influenza A (H1N1) virus after its first suspected unlinked local case
was reported on Thursday.
Singapore had on Thursday reported 11 confirmed new cases of H1N1, and
one of them is believed to be locally-transmitted. This brings the
toll to 77 cases.
The health ministry said in a statement that the suspected locally-
transmitted case involved a 26-year-old Malay-sian, who is a permanent
He had departed for Kuala Lumpur on June 14 to attend a conference.
Later that evening he developed symptoms while having dinner at a
The man returned to Singapore on June 17 and was warded at a local
The statement also said that all security officers at schools in the
republic had been trained to record temperatures of visitors to the
schools, using a handheld thermometer or a thermometer scanner.
Those scanned and cleared will have a sticker on the clothing and are
required to wear it while they are in the school.
Visitors are also asked to sanitise their hands.
Visitors are also required to give their full name, contact number and
identity card number.
Those who recorded a temperature of 37.5oC and above will be held at
the security station until health ministry officers arrive.
Students are also required to bring a thermometer, costing S$5 (RM12)
each, to school. They will have to show their readings to the security
guard before they are allowed to enter.
Those without thermometers will be sent home.
Teachers are trained to lookout for students with flu-like symptoms.
Each classroom is equipped with a sanitiser.
Travellers entering the country will have their passports scrutinised
to find out if they had visited affected countries.
Those entering from Malay-sia via public transport are required to
walk through a tent that is fitted with scanners before having their
passports stamped at the checkpoint.
Those driving will be scanned at the secondary clearance checkpoint.
The driver and the passengers are not required to alight from their