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Singapore to ban all short-term visitors in unprecedented virus crisis


Reuters


Singapore will not allow any short-term visitors to transit or enter the city-state in its latest measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus and to conserve its resources for citizens who are returning from other countries.


The new measures announced on Sunday come a day after the city-state reported its first fatalities and it confirmed 47 new cases, taking its tally to 432.


Some short-term visitors have continued to arrive even after Singapore imposed a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine on anyone entering the country.


Almost 80% of Singapore’s new cases over the past three days were imported. Of the 39 imported cases reported on Saturday, six were of short-term visitors.


“During this time we have to focus our resources on returning Singaporeans because they are coming back in large numbers,” said Lawrence Wong, a minister who co-heads Singapore’s virus-fighting task-force.


The country will also limit the return and entry of work pass holders, including their dependents, to those who provide essential services such as healthcare and transport.


22 March 2020

Reuters