Singapore will not allow any short-term visitors to transit or enter the city state as part of its latest measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus and to conserve health care resources for its citizens.
The ban takes effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday local time.
The country will also allow the return and entry of work pass holders, including their dependents, only for those who provide essential services such as health care and transportation.
The city-state, with a small and open economy, reported on Saturday its first deaths from the virus and confirmed 432 cases of infection.
Almost 80% of its new cases in the past three days have been imported.
On Saturday, he reported 47 new cases of coronavirus, 39 of which were imported and had a history of travel to countries like Australia, Europe, North America and countries in Southeast Asia, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. The majority were returning residents and long-term pass holders.
Saturday, the number of new cases is the same as that of March 18, the largest daily jump in the city-state.
Singapore also reported on Saturday two virus-related deaths in people with underlying health conditions, marking the first deaths in the city’s widely acclaimed battle against infection.