Global cases continue to rise, some countries experiencing resurgence of infections
Several countries experienced a resurgence of COVID-19 cases after a general resumption of activities. Lessons can be drawn from these overseas experiences:
Maintaining strict border controls
Singapore is adjusting our border controls in line with the COVID-19 situation abroad and risk of importation.
All travellers who left Singapore from 27 March 2020 despite the prevailing travel advisory, and travellers who are not Singapore Citizens/PRs have to pay for their stay at dedicated SHN facilities.
If you are planning to enter Singapore, be prepared to be subjected to prevailing border measures upon entry, including payment for your stay at dedicated SHN facilities where applicable.
Elevated community cases, but unlinked Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) cases are in low-single digits
There’s a daily average of around 12 new community cases in the past week – around half of these are linked. Close contacts of confirmed cases are actively tested to ring-fence possible onward transmissions.
Targeted groups are regularly tested to help detect unlinked cases in the community. About seven in 10 of the unlinked cases were asymptomatic and almost half are likely to be past infections.
Remaining cases in the community continue to be in the low single digits. Testing of those with ARI symptoms at first presentation have been scaled up and monitored closely; as it’s an indicator of underlying community transmissions.
Update at dormitories
As of 16 July 2020, around 232,000 workers have either recovered, or been tested to be free from COVID-19.
Testing of all workers should be completed by mid-August.
Additional decontamination measures have been put in place to allow recovered workers to leave the dormitories and resume work safely, without compromising public health.
Singapore cannot afford to be complacent, especially after we have resumed most activities after the Circuit Breaker period.
Continue to be vigilant
Experts have advised that COVID-19 can be transmitted through very small water droplets, which are released when speaking, coughing and sneezing.
For more information: Go.gov.sg/MOH-guardup