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Dow Jones Newswires: Singapore eases some restrictions on omicrones

Singapore eased some restrictions related to Omicron variants after international evidence showed the variant was more transferable but less severe than the Delta variant.

The health ministry announced on Sunday that the travel restrictions have been lifted for travelers from Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. All passengers with a 14-day travel history to these countries would be allowed to enter Singapore and pass through, but would still be subject to some border measures.

From January 15, unvaccinated people going to work will no longer have to undergo a mandatory screening examination.

The ministry announced that all new applications and extensions of existing long-term ID cards, work cards and long-term stays would require a vaccination as a condition for approval from February 1.

As of Monday, local Omicron cases would be included in the home recovery program or managed in community care facilities, rather than being isolated in dedicated facilities, depending on the clinical presentation.

Close contacts on Omicron cases would receive a seven-day health risk alert instead of being quarantined for 10 days, the MOH said, and those currently in quarantine will be gradually released over the next few days.

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