Singapore Bans Entry For Visitors From Cheongdo & Daegu, Citizens With Travel History To Serve SHN
In light of the sudden spike in number of Covid-19 cases in South Korea, travel to the country has dropped drastically.
Following this development, Singapore is now banning visitors from hotspots Cheongdo and Daegu, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH) today (25 Feb).
Citizens, permanent residents (PRs) and work-pass holders who travelled to these locations in the past 14 days will be issued Stay-Home Notices (SHN).
Ban on Cheongdo & Daegu visitors starts on 26 Feb
MOH announced that the ban on new visitors from Cheongdo and Daegu will start tomorrow (26 Feb) at 11.59pm.
Starting then, all first-time visitors cannot enter or transit in Singapore if they’ve travelled to either location in the past 14 days.
This new measure is Singapore’s response to South Korea’s concerning increase in number of Covid-19 cases.
As of Tuesday (25 Feb), the country has reported a total of 977 cases, officially the highest outside of China. 10 of them have died.
Stay-Home Notice for returning citizens, PRs & long-term pass holders
Just like the earlier measure for travellers from Hubei, a 14-day stay at home will be mandatory for returning visitors.
Singapore citizens, PRs and long-term pass holders with travel history to Cheongdo and Daegu in the last 14 days will have to stay in their residences at all times for 14 days following their return to Singapore.
Those who notice any fever or respiratory symptoms within these 14 days should consult a doctor immediately.
MOH also discourages any travel to Cheongdo and Daegu unless absolutely necessary. Travellers are advised to take precautionary measures if they do go.
Stepping up measures to curb infection
The latest measure is definitely timely and necessary, considering the worrying situation in South Korea right now.
We applaud Singapore authorities for reacting so swiftly and doing what’s best for the country.
With the travel advisory pertaining to Hubei still in place, we can rest assured that all safety measures are in place.
Let’s hope the outbreak will blow over soon so we can all go back to our lives as per normal.
Featured image adapted from AFP.