Singapore to block entry to visitors from South Africa

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Singapore mentioned on Friday it is going to cease permitting entry to visitors with a latest journey historical past to South Africa, citing stories of a doubtlessly extra contagious pressure of the novel coronavirus circulating within the nation.

All long-term go holders and short-term visitors with journey historical past to South Africa throughout the final 14 days won’t be allowed entry into the city-state, or transit by it, the well being ministry mentioned.

Returning Singapore residents and everlasting residents shall be required to bear a Covid-19 polymerase chain response (PCR) take a look at upon arrival in the beginning of a 14-day quarantine.

“While the strain has been suggested to be more transmissible, there is currently insufficient evidence to determine if this strain is associated with any change in disease severity, antibody response or vaccine efficacy,” the ministry mentioned.

These points are being investigated, and the ministry mentioned it is going to consider the information because it emerges and evaluate border measures accordingly.

The new border restrictions shall be in place from January 4.

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. )

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