Twelve foreign nationals in Singapore have been deported following their failure to comply with the nation’s strict covid-19 prevention protocols.
The foreigners – 10 Indian nationals, a Chinese national, and a Malaysian – have been deported and barred from entering Singapore due to the non-compliance of coronavirus protocols in the city-state, according to police officials and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Monday.
The foreigners that were caught by authorities breaking the mandatory protocols on covid-19 amounted to nine men and three women aged between 20 and 37.
Singaporean authorities ascertained that the foreign nationals had violated the Covid-19 regulations.
The Singaporean government, last April, imposed stricter rules to dissuade the spread of the virus in the country.
Dubbed as the “Circuit Breaker” period, Singaporean authorities have since imposed stringent protocols in the country, including a prohibition on mass gatherings, the imposition of stay-at-home orders, and the regulation of general areas susceptible to crowding.
While the Circut Breaker period has ended on June 1st, the authorities are still strictly implementing protocols to prevent the virus’s resurgence in the city-state.
Transport authorities of Singapore had also distributed face masks to each household for people to wear on public transportation in an effort to stifle the spread of the virus.
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said:
“This will minimize transmission in public transport during post-CB period when safe distancing is compromised. To prepare for this, we will get commuters to wear masks, now, when using public transport.”
The foreigners caught disobeying the rules were fined between SGD2000 and SGD4000 (45,000 and 90,000 Thai baht) and had their respective visas and passes to the country revoked.
Singaporean authorities have reminded the public to follow the government’s measures as they will not hesitate to punish caught protocol breakers.
Source: The Straits Times