Tuesday, June 30, 2009

H1N1 cases rise to 701 in Singapore

Posted: 30 June 2009 1951 hrs SINGAPORE: Singapore has confirmed 72 new H1N1 flu cases, bringing the tally to 701 so far. The Health Ministry says most cases are mild and to date, 281 patients have fully recovered and the rest are recuperating. Singaporeans should carry on with their usual activities whilst observing good personal hygiene at all times. If unwell, they should see a doctor, stay away from work, school or crowded places, and rest at home. Investigations are on-going for the 72 new cases. Of the 64 cases investigated on Tuesday, there were 42 local cases and 22 imported ones. Of the latest cases investigated, the largest number of new cases were linked to the Republic Polytechnic, bringing the total number of cases there to 77. Over 1,900 second- and third-year students have signed an online petition calling on the polytechnic to suspend classes, not just for first-year students but for them as well. The polytechnic said it understands the students' concerns and has also received feedback from them through internal channels although it has not received any petition formally. The school added that it is monitoring the situation closely and is prepared to take additional measures if required to safeguard the well-being of staff and students. Another three new H1N1 cases were found linked to an orientation camp at the National University of Singapore, bringing the number of cases in that cluster to seven. Clementi Camp had two new cases raising the total there to 55, while there was one new case each from the Raffles Institution Boarding School, Butter Factory, Maju Camp and Pulau Tekong Camp clusters. Wah liew.... 701 liao... Soon it will hit 1000! Stay healthy, people!

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