Singapore and Malaysia coordinate coronavirus fightback

Singapore - September 14, 2019: The Merlion statue fountain and the Singapore skyline. The landmark statue is considered the personification of Singapore.

The governments of Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to expand and enhance their cooperation in their efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus by forming the Singapore-Malaysia Joint Working Group (JWG).

In a statement, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MoH) said both countries had updated each on their respective measures to contain the virus at the JWG’s first meeting on 25 February 2020 in Johor Bahru.

Both governments agreed to align health screening protocols at land borders and exchange information on clinical management of patients between technical experts.

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In addition, they also launched a bilateral Field Epidemiology Training Network to share surveillance data and share information such as national advisories and public messaging on coronavirus.

The second JWG meeting will be held in March 2020.

The speed at which coronavirus has spread has caused uncertainty across the supply chain, in particular southeast Asia.

The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) released its latest circular update to coronavirus, which can be read here.

The effect has been analysed by Port Technology International (PTI) in two exclusive insights, one on ports and shipping and the other on the supply chain.

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