US updates COVID-19 travel health notice for Singapore after ‘unknown’ classification

SINGAPORE: The United States has up to date its travel health notice for Singapore, a couple of week after it suggested in opposition to travel to the nation.

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In an replace on Monday (Jan 10), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reclassified Singapore as a Level 3 vacation spot, the place COVID-19 ranges are “high”. 

“Make sure you are fully vaccinated before travelling to Singapore,” the up to date notice stated on the CDC web site. “Unvaccinated travellers should avoid nonessential travel to Singapore.”

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According to the CDC web site, Level 3 international locations have a COVID-19 incidence charge of between 100 and 500 new circumstances over the previous 28 days per 100,000 inhabitants.

Other Level 3 international locations embody Malaysia, Australia, Israel, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.

On Jan 4, the CDC stated that the extent of COVID-19 in Singapore was “unknown”.

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“Because the current situation in Singapore is unknown, even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 variants,” the CDC stated on the time, advising folks to keep away from travel to Singapore.

On Jan 5, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung stated that this classification was utilized as a result of the US CDC was “not aware of our surveillance test numbers”, and that Singapore was offering it with the information.

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The CDC makes use of COVID-19 information reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and different official sources to make determinations about travel health notice ranges, in line with its web site.

“If a destination does not provide data, their travel health notice level is designated as ‘unknown’ and travellers are advised to follow travel health notice Level 4 recommendations,” the CDC stated.

Mr Ong stated on Jan 5 that the Singapore Ministry of Health was participating the US embassy in Singapore and the CDC to supply the mandatory information.

“Just to be clear, we know our situation very well,” Mr Ong stated throughout a COVID-19 multi-ministry job drive press convention.

“Every week, we administer over 150,000 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests. And that works out to over 21,000 PCR tests per day. Positive rates for these tests are under 2 per cent.”

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There are additionally 145 wastewater testing stations throughout Singapore in locations like housing estates, dormitories and nursing properties, he stated.

“Only a very small handful are registering the presence of COVID-19 viral fragments. So we are sure that the incidence of COVID-19 in our community is currently low and stable.”

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