Singapore Airport to Tighten Rules to Curb Virus: Today

Singapore’s Changi Airport will impose stricter measures at its terminals to safeguard against further coronavirus transmissions after concluding investigations into an earlier outbreak, Today reported.

The airport will separate staff handling incoming and outgoing travelers into various zones and will implement stringent movement controls between these areas, Changi Airport Group Singapore Pte. Chief Executive Lee Siow Hiang was cited as saying. The aim is to have the new steps in place by June 13, according to the report.

Singapore currently has 32 active virus clusters. The one at Changi Airport is the largest, with 108 linked cases as of Sunday, according to health ministry data.

The stricter measures come after an investigation into the airport cluster revealed that a more contagious variant that was first detected in India can spread even via brief contact.

The new safety measures will apply to about 14,000 workers at the airport’s terminals. Here are more details:

  • Arriving passengers will be separated from departing travelers in respective zones
  • Staff working in each zone will be prohibited from mingling with staff in other zones
  • Workers in the highest-risk zone, Zone 1, must wear personal protective equipment at all times. Only fully vaccinated staff will be rostered for duty in this zone
  • Routine rostered daily testing for staff in the highest-risk zone will be shortened, with one PCR test every seven days and one antigen rapid test every three days
  • The group will work toward conducting daily non-invasive tests, which yield results in minutes, for all airport workers in Zone 1

Passengers from “very high-risk countries” will be escorted to remote gates in Terminal 2 for immigration clearance and transport to quarantine facilities, without passing through the other terminals, according to the report.

Singapore has been racing to contain a new wave of infections in recent weeks and has pledged to increase testing and surveillance in a bid to ring-fence transmissions. The country preliminarily confirmed 24 new cases of locally transmitted Covid-19 infection as of 12 p.m. on Monday, including two cases that were untraceable.

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