Singapore's current alert level for H1N1 flu sustainable

May 13, 2009 4:16 am 

SINGAPORE, May 12 — Singapore will not upgrade its alert level even if a few confirmed H1N1 cases occur here, the country's health minister said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a press conference, Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan said that the current "yellow" alert level is more sustainable than "orange". But he reminded Singaporeans to stay vigilant and keep up good standards of personal hygiene and seek treatment immediately when they fall ill.

Even if someone in a school or workplace has been confirmed with H1N1, only those in close contact with the patient would need to be quarantined, he said.

He said the government will do three things in the next few weeks and months.

–First, stocks of personal protection equipment will be replenished.

–Second, plan gaps in combating the flu will be identified and plugged.

–Third, Singapore will learn from affected countries.

Singapore on Monday lowered its alert level for H1N1 flu from " orange" to "yellow," but maintained border controls measures with temperature screening at air, land and sea checkpoints. There have been no H1N1 flu cases reported in Singapore. (PNA/Xinhua) vcs/utb

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