A passenger arriving in Singapore from Istanbul on a Turkish Airlines flight on March 3 tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia said.
The news channel reported that Singapore's Health Ministry had confirmed late on March 4 that one of the passengers on the Turkish Airlines flight TK54 tested positive for the virus.
Singapore's Transport Ministry reportedly said it has started contact tracing for flight passengers who may have had contact with the affected passenger while he or she was infectious.
Singapore's Foreign Ministry is in contact with the Turkish Embassy on this matter, according to the report.
The coronavirus outbreak has had a significant impact on the aviation industry worldwide.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca previously said that although there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Turkey so far, there might be people who have been already infected by the virus of whom the authorities are not aware of.There might be Turkish citizens already infected with coronavirus, minister says