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30 to 70 hotels serving as SHN facilities at any one time

Passengers arriving at Changi T3 last May walking to coaches that took them to designated hotels to serve SHN. Flexible arrangements are in place allowing for these facilities to be activated or stood down depending on demand, said National Developme
Passengers arriving at Changi T3 last May walking to coaches that took them to designated hotels to serve SHN. Flexible arrangements are in place allowing for these facilities to be activated or stood down depending on demand, said National Development Minister Desmond Lee yesterday.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

At any one time, there are usually 30 to 70 hotels serving as designated facilities for people serving stay-home notice (SHN), said National Development Minister Desmond Lee yesterday.

Flexible arrangements have been put in place, allowing for these facilities to be activated or stood down depending on demand, he added in a written reply to a parliamentary question from Mr Louis Chua (Sengkang GRC).

The Workers' Party MP had asked about the Government's plan to balance the cost considerations and demand for such facilities.

Mr Lee disclosed that about 15,000 people are staying in these hotels currently and this figure changes depending on the Covid-19 situation, Singapore's border control policies and other factors.

He said his ministry works with other ministries and agencies such as the Ministry of Manpower and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority to match the supply of SHN facilities with expected demand.

A key consideration is ensuring that there is sufficient capacity to accommodate Singaporeans who are welcome to return home any time, he said, adding that "the contracts for facilities will be renewed, so long as they continue to be needed to manage the risk of imported cases".

Most travellers entering Singapore are required to isolate themselves for a period, which can be spent in dedicated facilities or personal residences, depending on the individual's travel history. Since Jan 1, all incoming travellers have had to pay for their stay at hotels serving as SHN facilities.

Mr Lee said the Government will continue to monitor the evolving Covid-19 situation closely and adjust the capacity of these dedicated SHN facilities accordingly.

Separately, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said that of the 96,000 Singapore residents and 177,000 foreigners who arrived in Singapore between July 1 and Dec 31, 405 and 1,179 respectively had tested positive for Covid-19.

Giving a breakdown of the numbers which Mr Ang Wei Neng (West Coast GRC) had asked for, Mr Gan said the Singapore residents were made up of about 64,000 citizens and 32,000 permanent residents, of whom 191 and 214 had tested positive for the disease respectively.

The foreigners, meanwhile, include about 14,000 foreign domestic workers and 28,000 work permit holders, of whom 440 and 147 tested positive respectively, said Mr Gan in his written reply.

More foreign domestic workers as well as work pass holders in sectors like construction have been allowed into Singapore since around November last year, after inflows of such workers were restricted for a period of time due to Covid-19 control measures.

  • 15,000 Number of people staying in hotels currently; this figure changes depending on the Covid-19 situation, Singapore's border control policies and other factors.

    405 Number of Singapore residents out of the 96,000 who arrived in Singapore between July 1 and Dec 31 who had tested positive for Covid-19.

    1,179 Number of foreigners, out of the 177,000 who arrived in Singapore during the same period, and who tested positive.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 03, 2021, with the headline '30 to 70 hotels serving as SHN facilities at any one time'. Subscribe