Singapore began conducting temperature screenings at air checkpoints for passengers arriving from the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the Middle East as a precautionary measure against the early the spread of MERS virus on June 9.

The Singaporean Ministry of Health said this measure is to reduce the risk of a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in the country via air routes.

The ministry also advised travellers from MERS-affected areas to monitor their health closely for two weeks and seek medical attention promptly if they become unwell with fever and cough.

There is no case of MERS-CoV reported in Singapore to date, however all Singaporean hospitals are prepared for MERS emergency given today’s globalised travel patterns.

The Republic of Korea on June 10 reported two more deaths from MERS-CoV, bringing the total number of deaths in the current outbreak to nine.

Thirteen new cases were also confirmed, expanding the list of known cases to 108 following the first infected case on May 20.-VNA