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Singapore restores Covid curbs as cases surge

2021-09-24 HKT 22:12
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  • People queue for vaccinations at a community centre in Singapore. The city state is bringing in new restrictions amid a surge in cases, despite a high level of inoculation. File image: Shutterstock
    People queue for vaccinations at a community centre in Singapore. The city state is bringing in new restrictions amid a surge in cases, despite a high level of inoculation. File image: Shutterstock
Singapore said on Friday it will tighten Covid-19 curbs to limit social gatherings to two people and make working from home a default, in a bid to contain a spike in infections and reduce pressure on the healthcare system.

Despite a rapid vaccination drive, the city-state has been seeing more than 1,000 daily cases this week, including 1,504 on Thursday, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

In a statement on Friday, the health ministry said: "many Covid positive individuals with mild symptoms are seeking medical attention at our hospitals when it might not be necessary."

With 82 percent of the population fully vaccinated, about 98 percent% of the coronavirus cases in the past four weeks had no or mild symptoms, it said in a report a day earlier.

Singapore ministers told a media briefing on Friday that the jump in Covid-19 cases in the island of 5.7 million people had put "tremendous" pressure on its healthcare system.

The latest curbs come into force on Monday and will run until October 24.

Gan Kim Yong, trade minister and co-chair of the government's coronavirus taskforce, said it had been a "very difficult decision" to tighten curbs again due to the impact on businesses and people. But he told the briefing "it will allow us to slow down the speed of increase (in infections) and avoid overtaxing our healthcare workers." (Reuters)