Singapore bans short-term visit to curb coronavirus outbreak

People being screened at an airport in Singapore. (File photo: AFP)

Singapore will not allow any short-term visitors to transit or enter the city-state in its latest measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus and to conserve healthcare resources for its citizens.

For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page.

The ban takes effect 23:59, Monday, local time.

The country will also only allow the return and entry of work pass holders, including their dependents, for those who provide essential services such as healthcare and transport.

The city-state, with a small and open economy, reported its first fatalities from the virus on Saturday and has confirmed 432 cases of the infection.

Almost 80% of its new cases over the past three days were imported.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57