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SINGAPORE to closed boarders amid COVID-19

SINGAPORE - In a drastic move to curb the rising number of imported cases of COVID-19, Singapore said it will close its borders to all short-term visitors beginning late Monday, March 23.

The ban will start at 23:59 p.m. on March 23. Entry and even transit through the island city-state will be prohibited, according to Member of Parliament Lawrence Wong, co-chair of the Multi-Ministry Task Force.

Only workers in sectors offering essential services such as healthcare and transport will be allowed entry.

He stressed the pandemic is an unprecedented crisis and the government needed to put in place measures “to keep our borders safe, to limit the number of new imported cases and importantly, to conserve our resources to focus on returning Singaporeans.”

The Ministry of Manpower also clarified the government will only allow entry and return of work pass holders including their dependents for those providing essential services such as healthcare and transport. This is the most impactful as many work pass holders are still stranded overseas.

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