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Several key developments have taken place in Singapore over the past 72 hours, after locals have been advised to defer all travel abroad with immediate effect. Two patients with the COVID-19 infection have passed away, and currently there are 309 patients still infected with the coronavirus, as of 22 Mar 2020, 1200h.
Below are the latest slew of measures that the Government has undertaken to tackle the spread of the infection (click through to read more about each story):
Short-term visitors to Singapore barred from entry or transit, limited entry for WP holders
Effective 23 March 2020, 2359 hours, all short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) will not be allowed to either enter or transit through Singapore, in a measure to conserve resources and focus on protecting locals from the spread of COVID-19.
MOH: All Singapore employers should facilitate telecommuting for employees to WFH
Employers should implement staggered working hours (for both reporting and ending times) with minimally three one-hourly blocks and no more than 50% of total employees reporting to work within each one-hour block. Where possible, reporting and ending times should not coincide with peak-hour travel, especially if employees require the use of public transport.
89 WP holders banned from working in Singapore over entry approval and SHN breaches
These 89 workers have been permanently banned from working in Singapore. In addition, MOM has also suspended the work pass privileges of employers for periods ranging from one to three years, as they have failed to discharge their duties to ensure that their employees comply with the LOA/SHN requirements.
Guidelines for company AGMs held during the COVID-19 outbreak
Issuers of the general meeting may arrange to segregate attendees across various venues, and provide video links to allow attendees at each venue to participate. In line with the MOH’s advisory on 13 March relating to, among others, social distancing measures, issuers should reduce the scale of the general meeting at any one venue to below 250 persons.