Singapore will ease entry restrictions for people coming from Vietnam and 22 other countries, allowing them to isolate at home instead of centralized facilities.
The Singapore government on November 8 announced that 23 countries that were once on the list of high risk of Covid-19 infection will be eased in isolation when entering the country. The list includes Vietnam and some other Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Laos.
According to the new regulations, from 11/11, people entering Singapore from 23 above countries will be given the option of 10 days of self-isolation at home or a hotel of their choice, instead of concentrated isolation.
These people also only need to present a negative rapid test paper for nCoV within two days before departing for Singapore, instead of requiring PCR test results as currently.
Singapore also added three flight routes for people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in Malaysia, Sweden and Finland. From November 29, the country will increase the number of people entering the country every day to 6,000, an increase of 2,000 people compared to the present.
Singapore’s Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said that although Europe is increasing cases, the infection rate in this region is still “out of control” and lower than Singapore’s 46 cases per 100,000 people.
Denmark and Germany are recording about 28 cases per 100,000 people, and this number in Spain is less than 5 cases per 100,000 people.
“We will reopen carefully and gradually, with necessary measures to protect public health,” said Singapore’s Transport Minister S. Iswaran.
Singapore currently records more than 220,000 infections and more than 500 deaths from nCoV. This country has vaccinated more than 87% of the population with Covid-19 vaccine, only more than 1% have not received the full dose.
Ngoc Anh (Follow Straits Times)