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Singapore prime minister urges public to remain calm over Coronavirus as the country evacuaed 174 on second flight from Wuhan

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has urged people keep calm over the spread of the coronavirus in the city-state after the decision to raise the alert level for the infection led shoppers to rush to supermarkets and clear the shelves of essential items.

"There is no reason to panic," Lee said in a video that was shared on social media. "We are not locking down the city or confining everybody to stay at home. We have ample supplies. There is no need to stock up with instant noodles, or tinned food or toilet paper."

Singapore, which has reported 33 cases of the virus, raised its alert level on Friday to "orange", the same as during the SARS outbreak in 2003. The alert level indicates that the virus is severe and passes easily between people.

On Sunday, Singapore mounted a second evacuation flight from Wuhan, bringing home 174 Singaporeans and their family members, its foreign ministry said.

The city-state evacuated 92 Singaporeans from Wuhan on January 30, some of whom have since been confirmed as infected.

The returning passengers will undergo medical screening on arrival at Singapore's Changi Airport, the foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Those with fever or respiratory symptoms will be taken to designated hospitals for further examination, while the remaining passengers will be quarantined for 14 days. The flight also took some Chinese nationals back to Wuhan, it added

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