12 deported, barred from re-entering Singapore

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Twelve foreigners have been deported and barred from entering Singapore again after they were caught for not complying with safe distancing measures during the circuit breaker period.

Among them are nine men and three women, aged between 20 and 37, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a joint news release yesterday.

Arvinish N Ramakrishnan, 23, was charged with violating restrictions on leaving his place of residence and the prohibition on social gatherings. He was deported to Malaysia on June 5 and barred from re-entering Singapore.

Arvinish’s friend was given a “stern warning” for violating the prohibition on social gatherings.

Cheng Fengzhao, a 37-year-old Chinese national who was in Singapore on a work permit, was charged with two counts of permitting another person into her residence without a valid reason under COVID-19 regulations. Cheng’s work pass was revoked after her conviction.

She was deported to China on June 10 and barred from entering Singapore again.

A group of Indian nationals, holding student or work passes, were also caught having a social gathering while circuit breaker rules were in place on May 5.

All 10 individuals pleaded guilty and were fined between SGD2,000 and SGD4,500.