JUST IN: Singapore to bar visitors from South Korea's COVID19 epicentres Daegu and Cheongdo, issue Stay-Home Notices for travellers returning from there
SINGAPORE: Singapore will not allow entry to visitors from South Korea’s Cheongdo county and Daegu city, which have been designated as special ...Share this content Bookmark SINGAPORE: Singapore will not allow entry to visitors from South Korea’s Cheongdo county and Daegu city, which have been designated as special care zones after a spike of COVID-19 cases, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (Feb 25). The move will come into effect on Wednesday at 11.59pm, and applies to all new short-term visitors who have travelled to the two areas in the last 14 days, the ministry announced at a press conference. Advertisement Advertisement South Korea has reported 977 confirmed cases as of Tuesday, a majority of which are linked to a religious sect in Daegu city, while more than 100 are linked to a Cheongdo hospital. The rapidly evolving situation means travellers from these places pose a heightened risk to Singapore, authorities here said. Returning Singapore residents and long-term pass holders with recent travel history to the two areas will be issued with a Stay-Home Notice, which requires them to remain home for 14-days after returning to Singapore. This applies to Singaporeans, permanent residents and holders of work passes and permits, student’s passes, dependent’s passes and long-term visit passes. Advertisement Advertisement The latest measure followed an earlier advisory by MOH to avoid non-essential travel to Cheongdo and Daegu announced on Sunday. READ: Singaporeans advised to defer non-essential travel to South Korean cities affected by COVID-19 - MOH The ministry has also started treating as suspect COVID-19 cases patients who have been to Daegu or Cheongdo within 14 days of the onset of symptoms. The multi-ministry taskforce dealing with COVID-19 stands ready to put in place further measures, said MOH, while the ministry will monitor the situation closely. Another patient has also tested positive for the novel coronavirus, MOH said. Case 91 attended a service on Jan 19 at known cluster The Life Church and Missions Singapore, where two travellers from Wuhan had visited. With the new case, authorities have established a link between this cluster and another cluster - the Grace Assembly of God church. Read more: CNA
Avoid non-essential travel to Daegu and Cheongdo in South Korea, says MOH'Once a case is confirmed, contact tracing will be initiated, and we will implement strict isolation, quarantine, and infection control and prevention measures to prevent further transmission.'
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