By Gabriela Baron
Amid the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCov ARD) threat, a couple in Singapore opted to just celebrate their matrimonial bond via live stream.
Couple Joseph Yew and Kang Tin returned from Hunan, China a few weeks ago after celebrating Chinese New Year. They came back to Singapore on January 30, but had to take a 14-day leave of absence from work as a precautionary measure against the contagion.
Yew and Kang held the wedding ceremony a few months back and celebrated in China, but had planned a second banquet for family and friends in Singapore set for February 2.
But when guests found out the couple had just returned from China, they started to get worried and eventually canceled.
Most of their immediate family members were also missing from the banquet. The bride’s parents could not make it because of travel restrictions imposed on Chinese travelers.
Refusing to have their spirit dampened by the unfortunate circumstances, the newlyweds donned their wedding attire and entertained guests via live stream from a room in the same hotel as the party.
“I think there were no other options [so I have] no regrets,” Kang told BBC.
On Friday, February 7, Singapore moved its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) up a level to orange as the Coronavirus spread further within the country.
To date, four people have been infected with the virus in Singapore who have no known links to previous cases or travel history to China, which brings the number of cases in the country to 33.
Meanwhile, the death toll in mainland China from the virus surged to at least 811, as a Japanese and an American became the first foreigners to die of the illness in China, with the total number of infections in the country rising to 37,198.