Singapore to block entry to visitors from South Africa – shuttle

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Singapore said on Friday it’ll stop allowing entry to visitors with a recent shuttle history to South Africa, citing reports of a potentially more contagious strain of the novel coronavirus circulating in the country.

All long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with shuttle history to South Africa inside the final 14 days may not be allowed entry into the city-state, or transit through it, the health ministry said.

Returning Singapore citizens and permanent residents will be required to undergo a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon arrival at the start of a 14-day quarantine.

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

These aspects are being investigated, and the ministry said it’ll evaluate the data as it emerges and review border measures accordingly.

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

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. )

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