Singapore on Wednesday introduced additional measures for newly arrived foreign workers in the country to further reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
Starting February 5, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) has decided to extend the post-Stay-Home Notice (SHN) 7-day testing regime to all newly arrived Work Permit and S Pass workers in Construction, Marine and Process (CMP) sectors from higher-risk countries/regions.
This will apply to Work Permit and S Pass holders (including those with In-Principle Approval (IPA) letters) from CMP sectors, as well as foreign domestic workers and confinement nannies who are issued with an entry approval by the Ministry Of Manpower and are subject to a 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities on arrival.
Previously only those headed to dormitories needed to be subject to the additional 7-days testing.
MTF has also decided on mandatory On-Arrival Serology tests for foreign domestic workers and confinement nannies who have recent travel history to higher-risk countries/regions.
“The additional test will help to identify FDWs who have recovered from an old infection and can therefore be released early from SHN in Singapore,” a press release stated.
The new measures will also apply to workers who have yet to complete their 14-Day SHN on February 5.