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MPA begins coronavirus fightback

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The Maritime and Port Authority Singapore (MPA) has implemented temperature screening at all sea checkpoints for all inbound travelers following the coronavirus in China.

In a statement, MPA said the measures will affect all maritime traffic, including container, ferry and cruise vessels and will come into effect on 24 January 2020 at 1200 local time.

They will be implemented across all terminals, including those run by PSA and Jurong Port.

The measures will involve temperature screening by on-site healthcare assistants; suspect cases will be immediately referred to hospital for further assessment.

As 24 January 2020 there have 830 reported cases of the coronavirus since the outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan, with 26 deaths.

There have been reports of suspect coronavirus cases as far away as the UK but none have yet been confirmed.

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