Sydney Times

WORLD NEWS

Singapore tightens restrictions on travellers from UK after emergence of new Covid-19 strain

Written by News Aggregator

*Singapore tightens restrictions on travellers from UK and Australia after emergence of new Covid-19 strain

*This report from the Singapore Straits Times 

SINGAPORE – Singapore has joined over 40 other countries in tightening restrictions on travellers arriving from the United Kingdom, following the emergence of a new coronavirus strain there that appears to be more contagious.

From 11.59 pm on Wednesday (Dec 23), all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with travel history to the UK within the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday.

This ban will also apply to all those who had obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore.

Travellers from the UK are currently required to serve a 14-day stay-home notice at a dedicated facility.

Some travellers from UK, New South Wales not allowed to enter Singapore from Dec 24

“We are concerned about the new strain,” he said. “The preliminary assessment is that it is 70 per cent more infectious, which is significant, and therefore we think it is prudent to stop all incoming travellers from the UK during this period until we are able to learn more about this new strain of the virus.”

He added that while precautions are already in place, Singapore decided on the new restrictions to reduce exposure from such arrivals as much as possible.

“We still need to understand, beyond the fact that it is more transmissible, whether it is going to lead to a more severe disease, or will there be other impact,” he said.

“Having this additional precaution now is necessary and prudent, because of the uncertainty and the risk.”

As for returning Singaporeans and permanent residents, they will have to be tested on arrival, and again towards the end of their 14-day stay-home notices.

Education Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force combating Covid-19, told reporters on Tuesday that Singapore has been monitoring the situation in Britain very closely.

“We are concerned about the new strain,” he said. “The preliminary assessment is that it is 70 per cent more infectious, which is significant, and therefore we think it is prudent to stop all incoming travellers from the UK during this period until we are able to learn more about this new strain of the virus.”

He added that while precautions are already in place, Singapore decided on the new restrictions to reduce exposure from such arrivals as much as possible.

“We still need to understand, beyond the fact that it is more transmissible, whether it is going to lead to a more severe disease, or will there be other impact,” he said.

“Having this additional precaution now is necessary and prudent, because of the uncertainty and the risk.”

 

Some travellers from UK, New South Wales not allowed to enter Singapore from Dec 24

About the author

News Aggregator

error: Content is protected !!
%d bloggers like this: