“Double mutant” Covid variant from India detected in Singapore – fr

“Double mutant” Covid variant from India detected in Singapore – fr

Shoppers wearing protective masks walk past the Ion Orchard Mall on Orchard Road in Singapore on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
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Strengthened Covid rules

Singapore has also announced tougher measures aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus in the city as local infections increase.
From May 8, travelers from high-risk countries will need to be quarantined for 21 days, up from 14 days previously.
Nationally, new restrictions will be imposed from May 8 to 30. The measures include limits on the size of social gatherings, pre-event testing for large gatherings, and gym closures.
The country reported five new locally transmitted cases on Tuesday, all linked to a cluster that started at a local hospital. There were also 12 cases detected during mandatory quarantines for people entering the country from abroad.

On Monday, the health ministry said the number of new cases in the community had risen from 10 cases the previous week to 60 cases last week.

Details on local restrictions May 8-30 include:

  • Social gatherings will be limited to five, down from eight previously. Each household will also be able to receive five guests per day, instead of eight guests.
  • No more than 50% of employees are allowed to return to their workplace at any time, compared to 75%.
  • Pre-event testing will be required for some gatherings, including weddings, worship services, live performances, and lectures, depending on the number of attendees.
  • Indoor gymnasiums and fitness studios will be closed.
  • Museums, public libraries and attractions will operate at 50% of their capacity.

These measures take the city a step back in its gradual reopening that began in June 2020. Singapore has reported a total of 61,235 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.


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