12 new COVID-19 cases imported to Singapore, biggest increase in more than a week

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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 12 new imported COVID-19 cases on Sunday November 22 at noon, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a preliminary daily update.

All cases were put on formal notice upon arrival in Singapore, the health ministry said. This is the biggest increase in infections since November 13, when 12 imported cases were also reported.

No locally transmitted cases were reported for the 12th consecutive day.

Details of the new cases will be announced on Sunday evening, the ministry said.

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SINGAPORE-HONG KONG TRAVEL BUBBLE DELAY

The Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble, with its first flights originally scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed for two weeks amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong.

As part of the travel bubble, people would be allowed to travel between the two cities without quarantine or stay-at-home orders, but they would have to take a COVID-19 test before departure and upon arrival. There would be no restriction on the purpose of the trip.

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Hong Kong reported 43 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, its highest daily toll in nearly three months. Thirty-six of the cases were locally transmitted infections.

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A new travel bubble launch date will be announced within two weeks, Singapore Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said.

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Customers who have booked flights under the travel bubble can request reimbursement for their tickets, said Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific, the two airlines that operate dedicated travel bubble flights.

Singapore reported a total of 58,160 COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths from the disease on Sunday.

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