Singapore logs 18 new COVID-19 infections

SINGAPORE (CNA) – One community case was among the 18 new COVID-19 infections reported in Singapore as of noon yesterday.

The remaining 17 cases were imported and were placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MoH) in its preliminary daily update.

There were no new cases in migrant workers’ dormitories.

From tomorrow, more employees may return to the workplace and split team arrangements will no longer be mandatory as Singapore eases some COVID-19 measures.

COVID-19 multi-ministry task force co-chair Lawrence Wong announced last week that Singapore will shift from working-from-home as a default mode to a more “flexible and hybrid way” of working. Up to 75 per cent of employees who are presently able to work from home can now be at the workplace at any one time, up from the current 50 per cent, said Wong. The current cap on the time an employee spends at the workplace will also be lifted.

“We will no longer mandate the requirement for splitting teams, but we will strongly encourage employers to still stagger the start times and implement flexible working hours, and of course, employers must continue to implement all prevailing safe management measures,” he said.

As of yesterday, Singapore reported 60,468 COVID-19 cases.

Pedestrians along Orchard Road in Singapore. PHOTO: CNA