First case of new strain of Covid-19 recorded in Singapore

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A 17-year-old girl who traveled recently from the United Kingdom was diagnosed with the new Covid-19 strain that is more contagious than the first one. 

After recording the first case, Singapore’s Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced travel restrictions starting December 23. 

Meanwhile, all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history in the UK within the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter the country or transit through it. 

Returning residents and permanent residents will be required to undergo to take a swab test upon arrival in Singapore. 

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in Singapore confirmed that all the girl’s close contact had been placed on quarantine after getting negative test results. 

“As she had bee isolated upon arrival in Singapore, we were able to ringfence this case so that there was no further transmission arising from her,” the MOH said in a statement. 

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