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Singapore Adjusts Border Measures For Travellers Over COVID-19

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by October 13, 2020 Health

Travellers entering Singapore with recent travel history to Malaysia’s Sabah, will be required to serve a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated facilities, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) said yesterday.

The city state tightened regulation from earlier announcement that travellers from Malaysia are allowed to serve a 7-day SHN at home.

As there has been an increase in cases in Sabah recently, all travellers entering Singapore from 11:59 p.m. local time Oct 14 (tomorrow), who have a travel history in the past 14 days to Sabah, will be required to serve a 14-day SHN at dedicated facilities, the MOH said.

For now, travellers from other parts of Malaysia will continue to serve a 7-day SHN at their places of residence.

The Multi-Ministry Taskforce, set up to fight the virus, regularly reviews the border measures, to manage the risk of importation and onward local transmission from travellers, taking into account the current situation in their source countries or regions, the MOH said.

Singapore also require travellers, who have recent travel history to Indonesia or the Philippines, and who are not Singapore citizens or permanent residents, to present a valid negative COVID-19 test result, to enter or transfer through Singapore, the ministry said.

In another development, as the pandemic situation in Hong Kong has improved, travellers from Hong Kong can serve a reduced SHN period from 14 days at dedicated facilities, to seven days at their homes.

All travellers are reminded to accurately declare their travel history. Strict enforcement action will be taken against false declarations. The COVID-19 test will continue to be administered before the end of the SHN period, the MOH said.

As of yesterday, the MOH has preliminarily confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 infection, the lowest daily number in seven months, bringing the total recorded cases to 57,880.

Among the four, two are new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection, with one being in the community, and one residing in a dormitory. In addition, there are two imported cases, who had both been placed in quarantine upon arrival in Singapore.

Source: NAM News Network

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