Singapore tightens border measures amid spread of new COVID-19 variant

T TV Tuesday 30/November/2021 22:55 PM
By: Times News Services

Amid the rising concerns of the new COVID-19 variant 'Omicron', Singapore on Tuesday imposed a series of measures to prevent the spread of the virus, and also paused the relaxing of social measures.

The relaxation of social measures will be paused, and travellers entering Singapore will face stricter rules from 11.59 pm (local time) on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the country's Ministry of Health (MOH) said that while no cases of Omicron, found in South Africa last week, have been detected locally, "pre-emptive" measures are needed for Singapore to assess the implications of the new variant.

MOH said that it will also conduct a one-time PCR testing exercise for travellers who arrived in Singapore between Nov 12 and 27, and had been to the countries or regions affected by Omicron in the 14 days.