5 new cases of COVID-19 in Singapore, all imported; 11th consecutive day without local infection

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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported five new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday November 21 at noon, the health ministry said in its preliminary daily update.

All new cases were imported and put on formal notice upon arrival, the health ministry said. No locally transmitted infection was reported for the 11th consecutive day.

More details on the cases will be released on Saturday evening, the ministry said.

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SINGAPORE-HONG KONG AIR TRAVEL BUBBLE

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Singapore’s air bubble launch with Hong Kong will go ahead as planned on Sunday, the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS) said.

However, passengers arriving in Singapore under the air bubble will now be required to take a COVID-19 test at Changi Airport, an additional measure following an outbreak of coronavirus cases in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, with the city’s top health official describing the situation as “serious.”

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Additional requirement for polymerase chain reaction test is a “precautionary measure in the face of increasing COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong in recent days, and is expected as part of the deal Singapore-Hong Kong ATB (Air Transport Bubble), “CAAS says.

“More cases are expected in Hong Kong over the next few days due to the emergence of new clusters. Health authorities in Singapore and Hong Kong are in close contact and are monitoring the situation.”

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Under the travel bubble, the arrangement would be suspended if the seven-day moving average of unrelated cases exceeds five per day.

That figure for Hong Kong is currently 2.14, the CAAS said on Saturday.

Singapore reported a total of 58,148 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.

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