Coronavirus: Singapore bans all inbound travellers, including those in transit

Singapore has built its name on being the best stopover between Europe and Asia.
Singapore has built its name on being the best stopover between Europe and Asia. Photo credit: Getty Images.

A decision made late on Sunday night (NZ time) by the Singapore government could lead to Kiwis attempting to travel home being stranded in Europe.

The popular stop-over location will no longer allow any short-term visitors to transit or enter the country as part of its latest measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Singapore has been very proactive in its response to the virus and the announcement came on the same day the city-state recorded its first coronavirus death. As of Sunday night, Singapore had 432 cases.

Anyone arriving in Singapore between Sunday and Tuesday, when the ban comes into place, will be put into isolation.

The Singapore government is directly targeting the source of the country's cases, with 80 percent coming from people who had travelled into the city.

The popular business hub is also limiting the number of people who enter the country with work visas to those who work in essential services, healthcare and transport.

Singapore Airlines, the flagship brand of the small country, has had to cut its services by around 90 percent due to the coronavirus.

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