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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.
These restrictions will come into effect on Wednesday.
More traffic lanes
Singapore announced the initiative with South Korea on Friday. The city-state already entered into similar agreements with Germany and Brunei in September.
“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
“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 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
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.
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.