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Singapore tightens border and safety rules as COVID creeps back

Pandemic 'winner' imposes 3-week quarantine on almost all travelers

Medical workers stand by to conduct rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 at a conference in Singapore in March.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singapore will impose stricter border controls and domestic safe distancing measures starting this weekend, the government announced on Tuesday, amid an uptick in community COVID-19 infections.

Effective late Friday, the city-state will insist that travelers arriving from "higher risk" countries and territories spend three weeks in hotel quarantine, up from the current two-week requirement. That covers the entire world except Australia, Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, New Zealand and Taiwan.

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