Travelers from Guangdong, where Covid-19 instances are on the rise, have been barred from entering the country.
Starting tomorrow, anyone who has passed through the Chinese province in the preceding 21 days will be unable to enter Singapore, according to Health Minister Ye Kung. Singaporeans, long-term residents, and frequent travelers would instead be subjected to a diagnostic test and a seven-day quarantine upon arrival at Changi Airport. All other Chinese travelers, on the other hand, will just be subjected to a PCR test.
Guangdong is one of China's most major manufacturing centers, and it has been the epicenter of a new minor wave of Covid-19 cases since the end of May. There have been more than 50 instances in the previous two weeks, some neighborhoods are under lockdown, and anyone wishing to leave the province must provide proof of a negative test conducted within the last 72 hours.
Other Southeast Asian countries are also seeing an upsurge in Coronavirus cases. The death toll in Malaysia has surpassed 3,000 people. Health officials are particularly concerned about diseases involving youngsters. Three juveniles under the age of five have died in recent days, bringing the total number of youngsters killed in 2020 to three.
27 youngsters were admitted to intensive care units between January and May. There were only eight of them last year. Singapore issued a warning last month about the emergence of some Indian-like strains that would primarily impact youngsters.
In Malaysia, 8,000 additional cases were registered yesterday. Kuala Lumpur has imposed a two-week lockdown, which will last until June 14, following a peak of 9,020 new cases on May 29.