12 new COVID-19 cases in S’pore, all imported

SINGAPORE (CNA) – There were 12 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of noon yesterday, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in its preliminary daily update.

All the new cases were imported and placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

Details of the new cases will be released on Saturday night, said MoH.

Singapore has developed a “globally inter-operable” standard based on blockchain technology to facilitate cross-border verification of health documents, such as pre-departure COVID-19 test results, said Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Dr Vivian Balakrishnan on Friday.

Dr Balakrishnan said that these notarised pre-departure test results will be available on the SingPass mobile app. The government will also look into extending this to vaccine certificates.

Known as HealthCerts, this set of open-source digital standards is used for the issuing of digital COVID-19 test result certificates.