According to Singapore’s Health Ministry, patients would no longer be undergoing the quarantine period in specialised facilities.
Singapore To Lift Travel Ban Imposed On African Countries Over Omicron Variant
Singapore has loosened its Omicron management approach, allowing travel to 10 African countries and removing patients from compulsory isolation in specialised facilities.
This comes after international studies suggested that it is likely more transmissible but less severe than the Delta variant and that vaccinations – notably booster shots – provide sufficient protection against Omicron-related hospitalisations.
“Today onwards, the island republic’s Health Ministry will allow Omicron cases to follow Protocols 1-2-3 as with other Covid-19 cases and no longer be isolated in dedicated facilities by default."
“Omicron cases will be placed on the Home Recovery Programme or managed at community care facilities depending on their clinical presentation."
Source - The Straits Times
“Close contacts of Omicron cases will be placed on Protocol 3, where they will be issued a seven-day health risk warning instead of being quarantined for 10 days. Those currently in quarantine will be progressively discharged over the next few days,” the Health Ministry clarified.
Singapore’s government has lifted travel bans on Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, and South Africa.
All travellers having a 14-day travel history to the aforementioned countries will be permitted to enter and transit via Singapore but will be subjected to border controls applicable to Category IV countries and regions.
Starting February 1, the island country will also require vaccination for new applications and the renewals of long-term passes, employment permits, and permanent residences.
From January 15, the Singapore government will take out the pre-event testing exemption for unvaccinated workers under the Workforce Vaccination Measures.
“We will open applications for the second round of free RTK-Ag test kit distribution for workplaces not on mandatory rostered routine testing to implement voluntary weekly testing for two months. This will facilitate early identification of cases and reduce workplace transmission as more return to their workplaces,” said the ministry.
Singapore recorded 546 confirmed Omicron infections as of December 25, including 443 imported and 103 local cases. There were 13 unrelated community Omicron cases and 78 infections last week due to locally linked community transmissions.
Source – The Vibes