Clarifications

We advise members of the public to not speculate and/or spread unfounded rumours.  Please visit this page for updates on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) situation.

 

  • 14 Feb 2020:  There were false statements on The States Times Review Facebook page on the current COVID-19 situation in Singapore.  Please click here for the facts of the case.
     
  • 13 Feb 2020: A graphic that was aired on CNA’s Asia Tonight TV bulletin at 8pm on Thursday (13 Feb) mistakenly listed a coronavirus death to Singapore. The table, showing the tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases, misattributed a coronavirus death to Singapore, instead of Hong Kong. The error was corrected immediately on-air in the same bulletin. Please click here for more information.  
     
  • 8 Feb 2020: MOH is conducting contact tracing to identify individuals who had close contact with the confirmed cases of COVID-19. Please note that we do not ask for any financial details during our call to you. If you receive a contact tracing call from MOH and wish to verify the authenticity of the phone call, please call the MOH General Hotline at 6325 9220. 
     
  • 7 Feb 2020: There has been a message circulating of a death in Singapore due to COVID-19. This is false. As of 2pm, 7 Feb, there are no deaths due to the virus in Singapore.
      
  • 7 Feb 2020: A fake screengrab of a CNA tweet was circulated widely on social media saying that all schools including polytechnics and universities are to close next Monday (10 Feb) due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. This is untrue. The image, which is being circulated on messaging app WhatsApp, appears to have been a doctored screengrab of another tweet sent out by CNA. Click here for clarification from CNA.
     
  • 01 Feb 2020:  There is a WhatsApp message circulating with a list of alleged places where suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been. This is false. There is no need to avoid places where persons with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been.  The risk of infection from transient contact, such as in public places, is low. There is also currently no evidence of community spread.

  • 31 Jan 2020:  There was a false statement on The States Times Review Facebook page on the supply of surgical masks.  We would like to assure public that there is sufficient supply of masks, if we use them sensibly and responsibly.  Please click here for more information.

  • 31 Jan 2020:  On 30 Jan 2020, a website called ‘City News’ published an article titled “BREAKING NEWS: Singapore records six more coronavirus case, total of 16 now” claiming that five Singaporeans have contracted COVID-19 without going to China.  This is not true.  As of 9pm on 30 Jan 2020, there is no local transmission of COVID-19 in Singapore.  All confirmed cases in Singapore to date are Chinese nationals who travelled from Wuhan.  Please click here for more information.  

  • 28 Jan 2020:  There were posts by several Facebook users claiming that Woodlands MRT was closed for disinfection due to a suspected case of the COVID-19 infection. The posts also urged members of the public not to go to Woodlands MRT.  This is not true. Woodlands MRT was not closed on 28 Jan 2020; it was fully operational.  Please click here for more information. 

  • 26 Jan 2020:  On 5.50pm on 26 Jan 2020, a Hardware Zone Forum post claimed that a 66 year old man died in Singapore from a newly identified virus that caused him to develop severe pneumonia.  As of 11pm on 26 Jan 2020, there have been no deaths among confirmed cases of the COVID-19 infection.  Please click here for details.  

  • 25 Jan 2020:  MOH is aware of rumours circulating online that an individual has died of the COVID-19 infection at a shopping mall in Singapore.  We would like to clarify that there had been no deaths among suspect or confirmed cases.  

  • 25 Jan 2020:  The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is aware of rumours circulating online that more than 100 arriving travellers from Wuhan were denied entry into Singapore.  ICA would like to clarify that this is untrue and the alleged incident did not take place. ICA advises members of the public not to speculate or help spread unfounded rumours.  They can also visit MOH’s website for updates on the COVID-19 situation.  Please click here for more information.  

  • 24 Jan 2020:  A message on COVID-19 has been circulating on WhatsApp asking the public not to visit certain public hospitals. We would like to clarify that all public hospitals have strict protocols to handle and manage suspect cases related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019. Suspect cases presented at the hospitals will be immediately isolated and further assessed. If you receive this message or any other unsubstantiated information over WhatsApp or other platforms, we urge you not to forward or circulate them.

  • 24 Jan 2020:  We refer to recent reports of a suspect case at Eastpoint Mall.  We have verified that a patient, who was seen at the Raffles Medical clinic at Eastpoint Mall on 23 Jan 2020, was subsequently transported via dedicated ambulance to the hospital for further investigation.  We would like to assure the public that this is part of the protocols that MOH has put in place to safeguard public safety.  Please visit this page for updates on the latest situation.