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The Straits Times cited Prof Paul Tambyah, Deputy Director of Infectious Diseases Translational Research Programme, NUS Medicine, who said that it was logical to extend the requirement of mandatory pre-departure testing to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents who are returning from lower-risk places as the risk classifications can change rapidly. Prof Teo Yik Ying, Dean of NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH), said that implementing the new measure may be more challenging than expected as not every jurisdiction will have commercial polymerase chain reaction testing capacity that is accredited and trustworthy.
Lianhe Zaobao, Wanbao and Shin Min Daily also cited Prof Teo, Prof Dale Fisher, Senior Consultant, Division of Infectious Diseases, NUH, Dr Louisa Sun, Associate Consultant, Infectious Diseases and Chronic Programme, Alexandra Hospital (AH), who commented that it is unlikely that the relaxation of Phase 2 measures would be implemented right away even though the number of local community cases has fallen.
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