Singapore records 48 new COVID-19 cases

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Singapore reported 48 new COVID-19 cases as of noon yesterday, including five imported infections, said the Ministry of Health (MoH) in its preliminary daily update.

This takes Singapore’s tally of cases to 57,454.

There were no new cases in the community based on investigations so far, said the ministry.

The five imported infections had been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore.

Singapore currently has cross-border travel arrangements with China, Malaysia, Brunei, South Korea and Japan.

Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said last month as part of efforts to revive the country’s air hub, Singapore may have to consider replacing the two-week isolation period for the overwhelming majority of travellers with a “rigorous testing regime”.

But while rigorous COVID-19 testing and shortened stay-home notices could help revive mass travel, experts said it is unlikely to be an easy process.