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SINGAPORE – Singapore announced on Saturday that it would further tighten Covid restrictions on the unvaccinated and open more routes of vaccinated traffic.
It came as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong predicted that it would take between three and six months to arrive at a “new normal” of living with Covid.

Those who are not vaccinated will no longer be allowed to enter shopping malls, Gan Kim Yong, Singapore’s trade minister and co-chair of the government’s coronavirus task force, said in a briefing on Saturday. Even those vaccinated will now be subject to a two-person limit when entering malls, he said.

Unvaccinated people will also not be allowed to dine at cafes and food centers – outdoor food establishments across the country, where they were previously allowed to do so, limited to two people per table.

We must respect Covid-19, but we must not be paralyzed by fear.

Lee Hsien Loong

Prime Minister of Singapore

Singapore’s health ministry said the latest measures were aimed at protecting the most vulnerable, such as the unvaccinated and the elderly.

These restrictions will come into effect on Wednesday.

More traffic lanes

Meanwhile, Singapore is also expanding its so-called ‘Vaccinated Travel Pathway’ (VTL) initiative to more countries, allowing vaccinated people to travel without quarantine. Travelers will need to take Covid-19 tests to make sure they are not infected with the virus.

Singapore announced the initiative with South Korea on Friday. The city-state already entered into similar agreements with Germany and Brunei in September.

On Saturday, he announced he would be launching more vaccinated traffic lanes – with Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the US.

“The 8 countries are already open to travelers from Singapore. Thus, VTLs will re-establish non-quarantine travel in both directions between Singapore and them, ”Transport Minister S Iswaran said on Saturday.

Applications will open on Tuesday and travelers from those qualifying countries will be able to enter Singapore from October 19, he said.

Living with covid

In a nationwide address on Saturday, Singaporean leader Lee explained when the “new normal” could happen.

“How will we know when we get to the new normal?” This will be when we can relax the restrictions, just get some light [safe management measures] up, and cases remain stable – maybe hundreds a day, but not increasing, ”Lee said. “When our hospitals can resume their normal activities, when we can resume our usual activities and see the crowds without worrying or feeling strange. “

He urged the nation not to be “crippled with fear” and said that “sooner or later each of us will encounter the virus – it means all old people will also encounter the virus.”

He said regions like Europe have reached this state, but “paid dearly for it” with many lives lost.

“It will take us at least three months, and maybe up to six months, to get to this new standard,” added Lee.

Singapore’s Covid Strategy

Singapore had maintained a zero Covid strategy for most of the pandemic, but began to open up after the population’s vaccination rate reached over 80%. As of October 7, 83% of the population had completed two doses of a Covid vaccine.

But after easing restrictions, the number of cases has started to rise, hitting daily highs and hovering above 3,400 in the past few days.

Singapore authorities again tightened Covid measures last month in a bid to slow community transmissions and protect hospitals from overflows. They reduced the size of the groups for social gatherings from five to two and made working from home the default, encouraging vulnerable populations such as the elderly to stay at home as much as possible.

As of Friday, the total number of infections stood at 120,454, with 142 deaths. However, 98.4% of those infected in the past 28 days have shown no symptoms or mild symptoms, according to the country’s health ministry.


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