A girl jogs previous a cordoned off Merlion Park on June 12, 2020 in Singapore.
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SINGAPORE — Singapore’s authorities stated Friday it is “very seemingly” that the air travel bubble with Hong Kong won’t start on Might 26, because the Southeast Asian city-state additional tightens measures to curb an increase in native Covid circumstances.
The air journey bubble would have allowed vacationers to skip quarantine. It has confronted a number of delays from its preliminary launch date on November 2020 as Hong Kong reported resurgence in Covid-19 circumstances.
Each Singapore and Hong Kong are main Asian enterprise hubs with out home air journey markets. Their tourism and aviation industries, closely reliant on worldwide journey, have been badly hit by the pandemic.
Singapore’s Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung stated Hong Kong is “a really secure area” now, with few new Covid circumstances detected every day. Nevertheless, infections in Singapore have been climbing, he added.
Ong stated he is spoken with Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s secretary for commerce and financial improvement, concerning the Covid state of affairs in Singapore. Each side will decide early subsequent week on whether or not to go forward with the air journey bubble launch, stated Ong.
The Singapore authorities additionally introduced there will probably be extra Covid-19 restrictions beginning this weekend following an increase in native infections. The measures will take impact from this Sunday till June 13.
The brand new measures embody:
- No dining-in at meals and beverage institutions;
- Decreased social gathering: A most of two individuals are allowed, from 5 beforehand;
- All employees who can do business from home can have to take action.
The federal government will evaluate the measures on the mid-way level — or round two weeks later — to see if there is a want to regulate them, stated Lawrence Wong, Singapore’s training minister and co-chair of the Covid taskforce.
Singapore’s well being ministry stated Thursday that new cases in the community has increased to 71 up to now week, up from 48 within the week earlier than.
Cumulatively, the city-state has confirmed 61,453 Covid infections and 31 deaths as of Thursday, well being ministry knowledge confirmed.
Earlier than Friday’s announcement, Singapore has tightened restrictions beginning final weekend. These measures embody decreasing the dimensions of social gatherings, pre-event testing for big gatherings and the closure of some indoor gyms.
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