5 Singaporeans and 1 Filipino tested positive for Covid-19
Singapore confirmed 6 additional cases that were positive for the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19). These include travelers who recently visited the Philippines— 5 of which were Singaporeans, while 1 was Filipino. Their information was posted in the bulletin of Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) on March 18 and 19.
Another Filipino was also found positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, but his recent travel history showed that he was in the United Kingdom.
Other Filipinos with Covid-19 in Singapore include a teaching staff member in a preschool, and 2 domestic workers who work under the same employer. Said employer also contracted the disease. This raises the total number of Filipinos in Singapore who were positive for Covid-19 to 13.
As of Thursday evening, Singapore has 345 cases. 124 from this number have recovered and have been discharged, while most are stable and improving. On the other hand, 15 are in critical condition, but there have been 0 deaths reported due to Coviv-19.
Self-Quarantine and Travel Ban Urged
Singapore’s data has shown that 70% of its new Covid-19 cases had travel histories from abroad, from Singapore residents to long-term pass holders. Thus, the government advised all Singaporeans to reschedule or cancel all trips abroad for the time being. Singapore also strengthened its borders to stop the importation of the disease from other countries.
In addition, all Singaporeans, permanent residents, long-term pass holders and short-term visitors entering Singapore will need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry. This was to take effect starting 11:59PM on March 20. Violators would face prosecution under Singapore laws or have their work and reentry permits revoked.
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