The Ministry of Health said Malaysian truckers are only allowed to chat in the community for delivery purposes and are not allowed to stay in Singapore overnight.

Entrance to the Resorts World Sentosa Casino. (File Photo: Christy Yip)

February 21, 2021, 11:56 p.m.
(Updated: February 23, 2021 01:51 AM)


SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Sunday (Feb. 21) that it was investigating a Malaysian truck driver who visited Resorts World Sentosa Casino on Feb. 9 to determine if a violation of applicable COVID was committed -19 measures are available.

The driver, who works as a freelance delivery driver, was denied entry to Singapore on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19 in a rapid antigen test (ART) at the Woodlands checkpoint.

His polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was also positive on Friday.

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The man’s previous trip to Singapore was on February 8th when he tested COVID-19 negative for his ART at the checkpoint.

Investigations revealed that he had visited Resorts World Sentosa Casino on February 9 before leaving for Malaysia that day, the ministry said.

“Malaysian truckers are only allowed to talk to the community for delivery purposes and are not allowed to stay overnight,” MOH said.

“Investigations are currently being carried out to determine whether there has been a violation of the relevant measures.”

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The ministry has added Resorts World Sentosa Casino at 8 Sentosa Gateway to the list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infection period on Sunday.

Singapore reported 11 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, all of which are imported cases, bringing a national balance of 59,869.

MOH said the Malaysian truck driver will not be included in the case count because “he was not allowed to enter Singapore after his ART test was positive”.

It added that all necessary public health measures will be taken as a precaution, including quarantining any close contacts identified.

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