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Singapore monitoring COVID-19 state of affairs as instances rise forward of Hong Kong journey bubble

SINGAPORE: Singapore is monitoring the COVID-19 state of affairs carefully, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) mentioned on Wednesday (Might 5), as group instances in Singapore spike forward of the launch of a journey bubble with Hong Kong.

“The overwhelming majority of the group instances in Singapore are linked. We should count on such ups and downs, which is why we’ve set the goal launch date of the air journey bubble a month after the announcement,” mentioned a ministry spokesperson in an e-mail reply to queries from TSTIME.

“We have to repeatedly discover methods to progressively open up our borders for air journey, to make sure the long-term survival of Changi Airport and Singapore Airways.”

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Responding to a reporter’s query concerning the journey bubble throughout the COVID-19 multi-ministry activity power press convention on Tuesday, Training Minister Lawrence Wong mentioned Singapore and Hong Kong “stay in contact”.

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“We’ll monitor the state of affairs and we’ll evaluate and assess whether or not or not there will likely be any adjustments and provides updates sooner or later,” he mentioned.

When the journey bubble was introduced, for the second time, on Apr 26, it was set to launch on Might 26. This got here after a earlier launch in November 2020 was delayed after a spike in instances in Hong Kong.

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However there has now been a bounce in native instances in Singapore which prompted authorities right here to tighten COVID-19 administration measures from Might 8 to Might 30.

Singapore has additionally introduced harder border restrictions, extending stay-home notices to 21 days for travellers from higher-risk nations or areas. 

Beneath the phrases of the settlement, the Singapore-Hong Kong journey bubble will likely be suspended for at the very least 14 days if the seven-day transferring common of unlinked native COVID-19 instances a day, excluding dormitory resident instances in Singapore, is greater than 5 in both Singapore or Hong Kong.

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Singapore’s instances haven’t reached that threshold.

The variety of new instances in the neighborhood has elevated from 11 instances within the week earlier than to 64 instances up to now week. The variety of unlinked instances in the neighborhood has additionally elevated from 4 instances within the week earlier than to 10 instances up to now week, MOH mentioned in an replace on Tuesday evening.

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