Singapore closes borders to keep virus at bay, but no shutdown

The move follows the island-nation’s first two coronavirus-related deaths and a surge in cases from overseas.

Published by Al Jazeera English, March 22, 2020

By Tom Benner

Singapore – A day after Singapore confirmed its first two coronavirus-related deaths, the country said it would close its borders to short-term visitors and some foreign labourers from 11:59pm (15:59 GMT) on Monday to help the limit the spread of the disease.

The new rules mean short-term visitors will no longer be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore, while semi-skilled workers on “work passes” will not be allowed to return to the island unless their job is in sectors that provide essential services such as healthcare and transport, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement. Continue reading …

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