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Singapore bans short-term visitors; one dead in Covid19

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Singapore will ban the entry and transit to all short-term visitors starting from 11:59 p.m. on Monday, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Citing the “heightened risk” of imported coronavirus cases, the ministry said this measure is meant to “conserve resources so we can focus on Singaporeans.” The city-state, with an open economy, reported its first fatalities from the virus on Saturday and has confirmed 432 cases of the infection.

In its statement, the ministry said nearly 80% of cases in the past three days were imported from residents or long-term pass holders returning from overseas.

The health ministry also said that Singapore will also restrict reentry for long-term work pass holders and their dependents to workers who provide “essential services, such as in healthcare and transport.”

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