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Additional measures to contain spread of COVID-19

  1. The three latest confirmed cases over the past 24 hours indicate that the trend of infection among the population of Chinese nationals from Hubei province in Singapore is accelerating. All of the confirmed cases in Singapore thus far are Chinese nationals from Hubei.
  2. This is similar to what is being observed elsewhere, including in other cities outside Hubei. According to the PRC authorities, 95 per cent of confirmed cases in Chinese cities were recently in Hubei, confirming that the infection has spread most widely in that province.
  3. While there is no evidence of community spread here, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce on COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) has decided to take further steps to limit the risk that travellers to Hubei pose to Singapore.
  4. To help Singapore contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will be implementing the following set of measures on all foreign workers from Hubei, with immediate effect.

  5. With immediate effect, MOM will reject all new work pass applications for foreign workers from Hubei until further notice. As of today, we have rejected more than 30 new applications. Renewal applications for existing Work Pass workers from Hubei will not be affected.

  6. Existing work pass holders from Hubei who are currently away or with recent Hubei travel history within the last 14 days should defer their return to Singapore. We expect employers to be responsible and ask these employees to defer their return until the situation stabilises.
  7. Employees with valid work passes will still be allowed to enter Singapore. However, they will be quarantined at home or other suitable facilities upon returning. Employers should inform these employees that they will be quarantined if they choose to return to Singapore.

  8. Employers should closely monitor COVID-19-related developments and follow travel and health advisories on the MOH website. Employees are urged to cooperate with their employers. Both employers and employees should comply with advisories issued by MOH.
  9. As COVID-19 situation has not stabilised, there may be requirements that will be imposed on work pass holders from time to time. While the Ministry will publicise these requirements widely, it may not be possible to inform every employer directly about each new set of requirements. Employers are advised to check the Ministry’s website at and advisory for employees and employers for the latest updates.
  10. For further queries or clarifications, please contact:

    a. Ministry of Manpower

    MOM Contact Centre, Tel: (65) 6438 5122
    Online Enquiry via this link:

    b. Ministry of Health

    MOH General Hotline, Tel: (65) 6325 9220
    Online Enquiry via this link: