Singapore Airways crew members at Changi Worldwide Airport in Singapore on Oct. 24, 2020.
Roslan Rahman | AFP | Getty Photographs
SINGAPORE — Singapore and Hong Kong will go forward with their air journey preparations on Sunday as deliberate, however there might be further precautionary measures imposed as new coronavirus instances in Hong Kong rise.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore introduced Saturday that every one arriving passengers from Hong Kong will now be required to take an extra Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Response (PCR) take a look at upon arrival.
They may even must self-isolate of their place of residence — be it a lodge or residence — as they await the outcomes which is able to take about six to eight hours, the aviation authority mentioned.
To be clear, all passengers from Hong Kong below the air journey bubble settlement have been already required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 PCR take a look at and procure a damaging take a look at consequence earlier than departing for Singapore.
“As talked about, travellers will now endure an additional on-arrival COVID-19 PCR take a look at,” in response to the most recent launch from CAAS.
The preliminary air journey bubble settlement introduced on Nov. 11 didn’t require any isolation of passengers from Hong Kong upon arrival.
Hong Kong reported Friday that the variety of new every day instances rose to 26, and most of them have been native infections.
“We’ve in all probability entered into a brand new wave of instances,” the town’s Secretary for Meals and Well being Sophia Chan mentioned in a press briefing on Friday, citing consultants from the Centre for Well being Safety.
She mentioned the scenario was “extreme” and urged residents to cease all pointless gatherings.
The federal government met late Friday to finalize different contingency measures geared toward stemming the unfold of the virus, and won’t rule out extra stringent restrictions, Chief Government Carrie Lam mentioned in a Fb publish.
Hong Kong imposed new restrictions on Saturday, together with the banning of golf equipment and get together rooms, in addition to prohibiting reside performances and dancing in bars and pubs. The federal government introduced earlier that main faculties might be suspended for 2 weeks from Monday.
Journey authorities from either side have all the time mentioned the deal might be suspended if the Covid-19 scenario in both metropolis deteriorates.
The Hong Kong-Singapore air journey bubble settlement is because of begin on Nov. 22 with a single flight every day into every metropolis, restricted to a most of 200 passengers per flight. The variety of flights will enhance provided that the unfold of Covid-19 in each cities stays below management.
Singapore’s aviation authority reiterated on Saturday that the air journey bubble “might be suspended if the seven-day transferring common of unlinked instances exceeds 5 per day.”
“The determine for Hong Kong is presently at 2.14,” CAAS mentioned. “The brink might be exceeded if there are greater than 22 unlinked instances in Hong Kong over the subsequent three days. It will set off a two-day discover interval, after which suspension will come into impact.”
“The Singapore and Hong Kong well being authorities are in shut contact and monitoring the scenario,” the aviation authority mentioned.