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Grab and Gojek scramble to curb coronavirus spread in Singapore

Kentaro Iwamoto, Nikkei staff writer

As Singapore intensifies its response to the coronavirus outbreak, ride-hailing leaders Grab and Gojek find themselves on the front lines of efforts to stop the spread of the infection. Singapore barred entry on January 29 for people with a Chinese passport issued in Hubei province and those who travelled recently to Hubei, adding to existing border measures such as screening individuals for body temperature. Singapore had 28 confirmed cases as of February 5; its first cases were all Chinese nationals from Wuhan, the centre of the outbreak, but later cases were transmitted locally.