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Singapore to block entry to visitors from South Africa

Singapore on Friday said that it will stop allowing visitors who have recent travel history to South Africa after a recent surge in the potentially contagious strain of coronavirus has been spreading in the country.

The health ministry said that all visitors including long and short-term visa holders who have a travel history of visiting South Africa within the last 14 days will not be allowed into the nation also via transit.

Returning Singapore citizens and permanent residents will be required to undergo an RT-PCR test upon their arrival and have to mandatorily quarantine for 14 days.

“While the strain has been suggested to be more transmissible, there is currently insufficient evidence to determine if this strain is associated with any change in disease severity, antibody response or vaccine efficacy,” said the Health Minister

These aspects are currently being investigated and the ministry said that it will evaluate data as details emerge and the minister will renew the border measures accordingly.

These current border measures will be in place from January 04.

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