Singapore quarantines SIA passenger from Johannesburg after two onward travellers test Omicron positive

Singapore has quarantined one traveller as an in depth contact of two passengers on Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) Johannesburg flight who had examined positive for coronavirus variant Omicron on arrival in Sydney, native media reported on Tuesday.

The traveller, together with six others, had disembarked from SIA’s SQ481 which departed from Johannesburg on November 27 and arrived at Singapore’s Changi Airport on the identical day.

The six different passengers who disembarked in Singapore are on a 10-day stay-home discover at a devoted facility the place they are going to be examined for the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health (MOH) stated on Monday evening.

The pilots and the crew who operated the flight will self-isolate and get examined for Covid-19, an SIA spokesperson instructed Channel News Asia.

It pressured that many of the travellers on the flight had remained within the transit space at Changi Airport till their departure on flight SQ211 certain for Sydney, Australia on November 28, and that they’d not entered Singapore or visited different areas within the airport.

“Contact tracing is ongoing for airport workers who might have come into transient contact with the instances,” TODAY newspaper quoted the MOH as saying.

Earlier on Monday, the New South Wales Health Ministry (NSW Health) stated that each passengers, who examined positive on arrival in Sydney from southern Africa on SIA flight SQ211, had been totally vaccinated and have been remoted in particular well being lodging.

“Everyone on the flight is taken into account an in depth contact and might want to get examined instantly for COVID-19 and remoted for 14 days, no matter their vaccination standing,” media experiences had quoted NSW Health as saying.

The SIA spokesperson stated the airline is unable to disclose any data about the passengers due to buyer confidentiality and that it’ll help well being authorities in “all needed contact tracing efforts”.

“Singapore Airlines will work with the authorities, and be guided by the related regulatory necessities, because it ensures the well being and security of our clients and workers members,” he added.

The travellers’ pre-departure exams in South Africa on November 26 had been unfavourable for Covid-19.

From 11.59 pm on November 27, all long-term cross holders and short-term guests with journey historical past inside the final 14 days to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe haven’t been allowed to enter or transit in Singapore.

Meanwhile, Singapore reported 1,103 new Covid-19 instances and 9 deaths as of midday Monday.

So far, Singapore has reported 263,486 Covid-19 instances and 710 deaths for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

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