Singapore SARS Fears Recede

Fears over a fresh outbreak of SARS in Singapore are receding after a 27-year-old researcher who was diagnosed with the illness was said to be recovering well.

The World Heath Organization has declared the city-state a safe destination for travelers after viewing the case as an isolated incident.

However, SARS precautions are being re-instated at Italian airports and passengers arriving in Rome and Milan from Singapore will receive medical checks, according to La Stampa.

The newspaper quoted the country`s Health Minister as saying that medical screening at Rome`s Leonardo da Vinci and Milan Malpensa airports was being put in place as a precaution and there was no alarm.

In Asia, Vietnam Airlines is lifting its suspension of flights to southern China. Later this month the airline is to resume services from Hanoi to Guangzhou which were halted when the SARS outbreak was at its peak.