If it weren’t for the $150 entry fee, you’d probably see a lot more Singaporeans in the Resorts World Sentosa casino.
As you know, the fee was imposed to deter casual and impulse gambling among locals.
Foreigners who come here from abroad can enter the casino for free, and only have to get their wallets out when they lose a game.
Many enter the casino even if they aren’t going to play too many games, because it’s a pretty exciting place to be.
So much so that even those who are not supposed to be there are willing to breach Covid-19 rules to enter.
M’sian Who Delivers Products to S’pore Allegedly Visited RWS Casino; Tested Positive for COVID-19 a Week Later
A Malaysian deliveryman visited Resorts World Sentosa’s (RWS) casino on 9 Feb, before returning to Malaysia.
Normally, this wouldn’t make front-page news, but the man later tested positive for Covid-19 and also did something he shouldn’t have; mingled in the community.
According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Malaysian truck driver, a freelance deliveryman, took an antigen rapid test at Woodlands Checkpoint on 8 Feb, and tested negative for Covid-19.
MOH’s investigations later revealed that the man had visited RWS’s casino the next day, on 9 Feb, between 5.40am and 10.30am.
This was not permitted by the Singapore authorities.
“Malaysian truck drivers are not allowed to mingle in the community other than for delivery purposes and are not to stay overnight,” the ministry said.
“Investigations are ongoing to assess if there had been any breach of the relevant prevailing measures.”
On 18 Feb, before the man entered Singapore from Malaysia, he took an antigen rapid test, and this time, it came back positive.
Consequently, he was denied entry into Singapore.
His polymerase chain reaction test, too, came back positive on 19 Feb.
MOH said it would place all the man’s close contacts here on quarantine, and take “all the necessary public health actions”.
11 Covid-19 Cases Reported Yesterday; All Imported
Yesterday brought some goody news: it was the fourth consecutive day without a community case.
11 coronavirus cases were reported yesterday, all of whom are from abroad.
This brings Singapore’s total tally to 59,869.
Based on yesterday’s figures, the number of new community cases has decreased from 8 cases in the week before to one case in the past week.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 5 cases in the week before to 1 in the past week.
Recently, the authorities announced that Singapore residents will likely be offered the Covid-19 vaccine from April, once seniors over 60 have had a chance to get immunised.
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