SIA passengers with Omicron variant who transited in Singapore: What we know so far

SINGAPORE: Two Singapore Airlines passengers who examined optimistic for the Omicron COVID-19 variant in Sydney had travelled from South Africa and transited at Changi Airport earlier than heading on to Australia, stated authorities.

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The New South Wales well being ministry stated the 2 people arrived in Sydney on flight SQ211 on Nov 28.

Both travellers had been totally vaccinated and have since been positioned in isolation.

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Singapore authorities stated the 2 passengers left Johannesburg, South Africa on a Singapore Airlines flight on Nov 27 and arrived at Changi Airport the identical day for his or her transit flight.

They remained in the transit space till their departure the following day, stated the authorities, with Changi Airport’s web site exhibiting that SQ211 departed Singapore at 10.30am on Nov 28 and landed in Sydney at 9.20pm the identical day. 

Singapore had beforehand introduced tighter restrictions for passengers with latest journey historical past to seven African international locations.

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Those measures took impact at 11.59pm on Nov 27, with all long-term go holders and short-term guests with journey historical past throughout the final 14 days to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe not allowed to enter or transit in Singapore.

Here’s what we know so far: 

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The two people left Johannesburg, South Africa on Nov 27 through SQ481 and arrived at Changi Airport on the identical day for his or her transit flight, stated the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday. 

The travellers’ pre-departure exams in South Africa on Nov 26 had been damaging for COVID-19 and most of them had remained in the transit space at Changi Airport till their departure for Sydney on Nov 28. 

Speaking at a multi-ministry activity power press convention on Tuesday, MOH’s director of medical providers Kenneth Mak stated Singapore was notified of the 2 instances by their Australian counterparts on Monday. 

“They did not leave the airport, they were only in the identified isolated transit area, which was dedicated for use of these travellers for onward travel,” stated Associate Professor Mak. 

The two people had “some” contact with different travellers, a few of whom have travelled on to different international locations, stated Assoc Prof Mak. 

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“(We) have informed the relevant health authorities to investigate and make sure that those travellers remain in good health,” he added.

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