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Grab and Gojek scramble to curb coronavirus spread in Singapore

Ride-hailers stockpile masks and help city-state trace potential patients

As the number of coronavirus cases in Asia grows, ride-hailing services Grab and Gojek are ready to help authorities combat the epidemic. (Nikkei montage/Ken Kobayashi)

SINGAPORE -- 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 Wednesday for people with a Chinese passport issued in Hubei Province and those who traveled recently to Hubei, adding to the existing border measures such as screening individuals for body temperature. Singapore has confirmed 10 infection cases, all of them Chinese nationals from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.

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