Singapore Steps Up Virus Curbs As Infection Clusters Grow

Singapore announced a number of new coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, including a ban on spectators at sporting events, as infections increased in wealthy metropolitan states.

After a rigorous system of partial blockades, testing and contact tracing, Covid-19 almost disappeared in Singapore, and authorities have reported few local transmissions in recent months.

However, last week, authorities announced several new clusters, which increased the number of cases and reported 60 local infections in the last 7 days.

The cluster, located in one of Singapore’s largest hospitals, has grown to 40 cases, including an 88-year-old patient who died on Saturday.

Officials said at a press conference on Tuesday that the rally was limited to a group of five and needed to work from home.

The indoor gym and fitness studio will be closed, further reducing the number of meetings, weddings and funerals.

Travelers arriving from most countries will need three weeks of quarantine instead of two.

The coronavirus cluster in one of Singapore’s largest hospitals has grown to 40 cases

“The next few weeks will be important to us,” said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.

He warned of further measures, including the possibility of another partial blockade, if the situation worsened.

“I think this series of measures can prevent us from falling into a circuit breaker situation, but we cannot eliminate it.”

Although Singapore’s infections are very low compared to the rest of the world, the new cluster has created fears of a resurgence in a small city-state that suffered the worst recession last year due to the virus.

There is also concern that the cluster could destroy the unquarantine travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong, as it will start on May 26, after a previously unsuccessful attempt.

Last year, Singapore defeated a serious coronavirus outbreak when tens of thousands were infected by a surge in illness in a crowded dormitory that accommodated low-paying foreign workers.

However, according to global standards, the outbreak was mild. To date, 5.7 million city officials have reported about 61,000 cases and 31 deaths.

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