To reduce the number of cases imported from the country all passengers from India who are not Singapore and permanent residents must undergo a coronovirus test within 72 hours before departing for Singapore from next Thursday.
Recent infections include a one-year-old Singaporean child who arrived from India on 24 August. That was the only imported case on Tuesday. Two of the three imported cases came from India on Monday.
The Ministry of Health said in a statement on Wednesday, passengers must present a valid negative test result within 72 hours of flying to Singapore.
It said the move was taken to reduce cases imported from India.
The ministry said, “We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in India. There have been reports of a resurgence of infection in India. Singapore has also seen several significant cases with recent travel history.”
He added, “As the global situation develops, we will continue to adjust our border measures to manage the risk of imports and any transmission to the community.”
The tests will apply topically in facilities dedicated to the current requirements of the 14-day residence-home notice (SHN) and a negative COVID-19 test will occur before the end of their stay-home notice.
According to the ministry, passengers should be prepared to be subject to measures for admission control, including payment of their stay at SHN facilities and tests.
Meanwhile, a minister said that cases of coronovirus continued to surface in already cleaned dormitories, which are housing foreign workers because many of them had not been previously exposed to labor and, therefore, susceptible to infection Are made
“We are ready for it,” Manpower’s second minister Tan Leng told a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
The Health Ministry said that on August 11, about a month ago, the dormitory was declared virus-free, on an average 45 employees have been tested.
These were found mainly through active surveillance testing, such as rostered routine testing (RRT), and invasive tracing and testing.
According to a report by The Straits Times, about 2 percent of these newly-identified cases underwent positive transitional tests, indicating past infections.
Asked if some cases in the cleared doormat have been undertaken by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, Tan said: “The PCR test is a test at the particular point in time that occurs. Therefore, it is a There is a snapshot. Especially the status of the migrant worker at the time. And it is also the act of taking the virus at a certain concentration. “
He said this was not a case of sensitivity, adding that the test kits used here are “very sensitive tests”.
The minister was quoted as saying, “It is just at that particular point when in the incubation cycle, we may not have picked up the virus because its disclosure has still not reached that level.” As the saying goes.
Because of this, authorities decided to tighten the drugnet by roasting workers for testing every 14 days, a major lever in Singapore’s identification strategy, Tan said, citing studies that up to 30 percent of infected individuals were asymptomatic. .
In 14 days, about 98 percent of the migrant labor hostel population can be tested.
“Now, does that mean we miss 2 percent? No, because the moment we do a re-emergence sorting of a number, we actually close the block and we test it all, ” They said.