More

    COVID-19 Delta Variant Clusters cause of worry for Singaporeans

    Singapore has decided to calibrate its unlocking plans amid dozens of new delta variant cases over the last week, even as some countries with similarly high rates of vaccination allow a resumption of social activities and freer travel.

    The government is also facing the challenge of vaccine hesitancy There have been claims on social media that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe and ineffective in protecting against COVID-19 and its Variants of Concern (VOCs).

    Delta Variant of Coronavirus delays Singapore reopening

    Delta variant and mRNA vaccine misinformation troubles Singapore

    The government announced from Monday, June 21, 2021 higher-risk activities such as dining-in at restaurants and going to the gym can resume in groups of up to two people — instead of five, as had been previously announced.

    Group size will likely be increased to as many as five people from mid-July, barring any superspreader events or big clusters, officials said at a briefing.

    “I would say there are two schools of thought,” said Finance Minister Lawrence Wong. “One school of thought is that we should push back the reopening to a much later date until we have cases that are near zero consistently for many days. But this is, in fact very hard to achieve, and may not even be possible to do so given how transmissible the delta variant is.”

    Singapore has been struggling to find a path to reopen, as the aggressive rules that allowed it to stamp out the virus increasingly become a straitjacket. Friday’s announcement signaled that the government was shifting its mindset to a more tolerant approach, but other global cities are quickly opening up at similar levels of vaccination, leaving some expatriates to question whether the city-state has been too slow.

    Share

    Latest Updates

    Related Articles

    Djoker Makes a Big Vow to Defend His Wimbledon Title

    Wimbledon 2022: Djokovic will march to the championship this year to defend his championship....

    India’s Pandemic Response Hailed at the Quad Summit

    Quad Summit has put the spotlight on India Shining. US President Joe Biden praised...

    Anthony Albanese Takes Over as Australia’s New PM, Promises a “journey of change”

    Anthony Albanese, the leader of Australia's Labor Party, was sworn in as the country's...

    French Open: Alcaraz Smashes Out Lorendo to Enter Round Two

    Carlos Alcaraz, a 16-year-old wonder, defeated Argentine lucky loser Juan Ignacio Londero 6-4, 6-2,...