As of Saturday noon (1 May), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 34 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
This brings the total number of infection cases to 61,179.
“Based on our investigations so far, 7 are in the community, and 2 reside in a dormitory. Of these, 3 cases are linked to Case 62541, a 46-year-old female Philippine national who is a nurse, and were detected from our proactive testing of patients and staff at Tan Tock Seng Hospital,” said MOH.
In addition, there are 25 imported cases, who had been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore.
The Ministry will share further updates in its press release tonight.
Singapore to ban non-resident visitors from India starting 23 April “until further notice”
All long-term pass holders and short term visitors who have been in India within the last two weeks will not be allowed entry or transit through Singapore starting from Friday (23 Apr) at 11.59pm “until further notice”, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (22 Apr).
The announcement came after 11 migrant workers of Westlite Woodlands dormitory were tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, of which 10 of them have initially recovered from the disease.
In a statement, MOH noted that while there is no evidence that the cases are linked to the new strain from India, many of the arrivals from India are workers in the construction, marine, and process sectors.
“Even with our control measures, there is still a risk that a leak may happen, and cause another wave of infection in the dormitories. It is also a concern that recovered workers (i.e. those who had been infected earlier) are susceptible to being re-infected,” it said.
As such, the Ministry has decided to further tighten border measures with India.
Restricting Travel from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Travellers with travel history to Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka within 14 days of their departure to Singapore are currently required to serve a 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities. As there have been recent sharp increases in cases reported by Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, we will further tighten our border measures with these countries:
From 1 May 2021, 2359 hours, until further notice, all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history (including transit) to Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or transit through Singapore. This will also apply to all those who had obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore.
All travellers with recent travel history to Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka who have yet to complete their 14-day SHN by 2 May 2021, 2359 hours, will need to complete an additional 7-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities. They will undergo COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests on-arrival, on Day 14 of their SHN, and another test before the end of their 21-day SHN period.
Travellers from Thailand to serve 14-Day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities
Given the increased risk of community spread in Thailand, all travellers entering Singapore from 2 May 2021, 2359 hours, who have a travel history in the past 14 days to Thailand will be required to serve a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated SHN facilities. They will no longer be allowed to opt out of dedicated SHN facilities, even if they have obtained approval to opt-out earlier.