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Singapore advices against travel abroad on COVID-19 fears

Singapore advices against travel abroad on COVID-19 fears

Mubasher: Arrivals from Southeast Asian countries to Singapore are now required to self-isolate for two weeks, Reuters reported.

The latest measurement by Singapore to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will also include Japan, Switzerland, and the UK, alongside members countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), namely: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, and Myanmar.

Arriving travellers will be required to prove where they will be staying and may be tested for the new virus, according to the Singaporean health ministry.

The ministry has also urged all citizens to refrain from non-essential travel abroad over the coming 30 days.

Land and sea border crossings with Malaysia will be excluded from the new measures, as a result of the strong economic ties between the two countries.

The ministry clarified that the measures will be reviewed after a month.

Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, has warned the global pandemic could have a worse impact than the 2008 global financial crisis, according to Bloomberg.

On Saturday, the number of cases in Singapore reached 212.

The Southern Asian city-state has previously banned visitors from China, Italy, and France.