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Singapore has shortened the stay-home notice period for new travellers arriving in the city-state from higher-risk countries, including India from 21 to 14 days.(Reuters)

Singapore shortens stay-home notice for travellers from higher-risk countries

PTI | By hindustantimes.com | Written by Chayanika Das
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2021 04:22 PM IST
These travellers will be required to test themselves regularly with self-administered antigen rapid test (ART) kits in addition to the existing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, the Channel News Asia reported.
The country’s daily virus count has dropped to the single-digit range since lockdown-like restrictions such as smaller group sizes and the ban on dining-in were imposed in mid-May(Reuters file photo)
The country’s daily virus count has dropped to the single-digit range since lockdown-like restrictions such as smaller group sizes and the ban on dining-in were imposed in mid-May(Reuters file photo)

Singapore to relax Covid rules in stages as infections fall

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2021 01:57 PM IST
From June 14, group sizes will be raised to five from two persons, while operating capacities of attractions, events and cruises will be increased to 50% from 25%, the health ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
People look at a Singapore Airlines plane, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at a viewing gallery of the Changi Airport in Singapore October 12, 2020 (Reuters).
People look at a Singapore Airlines plane, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at a viewing gallery of the Changi Airport in Singapore October 12, 2020 (Reuters).

Not enough data to decide if travel curbs should be lifted, says Singapore

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2021 07:51 PM IST
Singapore health minister Ong Ye Kung said on Monday that if Singapore residents are vaccinated and the country is safe, "we hope Singaporeans can gain the freedom to travel."
The controversy first began on Tuesday when Delhi CM Kejriwal said a Singapore variant of the virus could affect India in the third wave and appealed to the Centre to cancel air services with the city-state.(Reuters file photo)
The controversy first began on Tuesday when Delhi CM Kejriwal said a Singapore variant of the virus could affect India in the third wave and appealed to the Centre to cancel air services with the city-state.(Reuters file photo)

Singapore orders Facebook, Twitter to issue correction on Covid-19 variant

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2021 06:27 AM IST
Singapore’s health ministry said a statement circulating online on media outlets and social media platforms implied a new, previously unknown variant originated in Singapore and risked spreading to India from the city-state.
Singapore announced it will stop most in-person school classes this week, with its education minister saying some of the variants appear to attack younger children.(REUTERS)
Singapore announced it will stop most in-person school classes this week, with its education minister saying some of the variants appear to attack younger children.(REUTERS)

Singapore’s unlinked Covid-19 cases tied to Indian variant

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 17, 2021 08:51 PM IST
The highly transmissible strain of Covid-19 that surfaced in India has become more prominent among Singapore’s growing number of unlinked cases, in a sign that hidden chains of transmission of the variant have existed for some time.
The fresh curbs come after Singapore confirmed 38 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases, the highest daily number in months.(Representational image)
The fresh curbs come after Singapore confirmed 38 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases, the highest daily number in months.(Representational image)

Singapore to shut schools from Wednesday in coronavirus fight

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 16, 2021 06:01 PM IST
Singapore will close primary and secondary schools from Wednesday, with students shifting to home-based learning until the term ends on May 28, the education ministry said on Sunday as authorities try to rein in rising coronavirus infections.
According to Singapore's health ministry guidelines, all people in the island nation aged six and above are required to wear masks as part of the safety measures against Covid-19. REUTERS/Edgar Su(REUTERS)
According to Singapore's health ministry guidelines, all people in the island nation aged six and above are required to wear masks as part of the safety measures against Covid-19. REUTERS/Edgar Su(REUTERS)

Singapore: Man kicks Indian-origin woman for not wearing mask during walk

PTI | , Singapore
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 04:30 PM IST
  • Hindocha Nita Vishnubhai, a private tutor, was brisk walking on Friday morning when a man approached her and asked her to pull her mask up from her chin
On Sunday, Singapore reported an additional 10 new infections, five of whom are unlinked to previous cases.. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)(AP)
On Sunday, Singapore reported an additional 10 new infections, five of whom are unlinked to previous cases.. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)(AP)

Singapore tests thousands as unlinked Covid-19 cases persist

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 09, 2021 02:26 PM IST
Singapore has seen 10 cases per week of unlinked cases in the community in the past two weeks
A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at Gleneagles hospital during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore. (REUTERS)
A nurse prepares to vaccinate healthcare workers at Gleneagles hospital during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore. (REUTERS)

Singapore to reduce entry of Indians as new virus variants emerge

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2021 09:30 AM IST
The city-state will also closely monitor for re-infection of people who have previously recovered from Covid-19.
Classical orchestra conductor-turned food delivery driver, Chiya Amos, checks his phone before making a food delivery, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Singapore March 9, 2021. (REUTERS)
Classical orchestra conductor-turned food delivery driver, Chiya Amos, checks his phone before making a food delivery, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Singapore March 9, 2021. (REUTERS)

Ballet to bicycle: Singapore conductor rides out pandemic with delivery job

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2021 10:11 PM IST
Since January, he has been working 12-hour days pedalling around Singapore on a bicycle, braving its heat and humidity to deliver meals, drinks and snacks.
A health worker fills a syringe with a diluent for with the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Senja-Cashew Community Centre Vaccination Centre, operated by Thomson Medical, in Singapore, on Monday(Bloomberg)
A health worker fills a syringe with a diluent for with the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Senja-Cashew Community Centre Vaccination Centre, operated by Thomson Medical, in Singapore, on Monday(Bloomberg)

Migrant workers brought under the ambit of vaccination drive in Singapore

PTI | , Singapore
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 05:59 PM IST
  • The migrant workers, which include a huge number of Indians, make up about 90 per cent of Singapore's Covid-19 tally, which stands at 60,046. The death toll is 29.
A screen separates an employee assisting a customer at the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. (OCBC) Centre Branch in Singapore, on Monday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Bloomberg/ Representative image)
A screen separates an employee assisting a customer at the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. (OCBC) Centre Branch in Singapore, on Monday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Bloomberg/ Representative image)

Singapore trials smartphone app offering mini check-ups

Reuters | , Singapore
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 08:02 AM IST
The application, developed by Singapore startup Nervotec, is what construction firm Kajima considers its first line of defence against another outbreak of the coronavirus in Singapore.
While local daily Covid-19 cases, in Singapore have hovered around zero, officials maintain that more aid is needed to keep the economy on track to rebound from last year’s 5.4% contraction, the worst since independence more than a half-century ago.(AFP)
While local daily Covid-19 cases, in Singapore have hovered around zero, officials maintain that more aid is needed to keep the economy on track to rebound from last year’s 5.4% contraction, the worst since independence more than a half-century ago.(AFP)

Singapore minister warns full pandemic brunt not yet felt

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 01:18 PM IST
After announcing plans to tap the country’s reserves for a second straight year, any decision to actually use them depends on the trajectory of the pandemic, which will then shape the trajectory of the global recovery: Heng
Singapore's small and open economy is expected to expand 4% to 6% this year, bouncing back from a 5.4% contraction in 2020.(Unsplash)
Singapore's small and open economy is expected to expand 4% to 6% this year, bouncing back from a 5.4% contraction in 2020.(Unsplash)

Singapore slows Covid-19 relief spending as economy recovers

Reuters | , Singapore
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 03:18 PM IST
The government had last year committed nearly S$100 billion ($75.55 billion) in support measures.
A couple walk past wall murals in a back alley in the Chinatown area of Singapore.(AP)
A couple walk past wall murals in a back alley in the Chinatown area of Singapore.(AP)

Singapore likely to run deficit for 3rd year due to coronavirus pandemic

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 04:04 AM IST
The spending plan for the year starting April 1 may result in a budget deficit equivalent to 4% of gross domestic product, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists.
Customers sit outside restaurants in the Robertson Quay area of Singapore,(Bloomberg)
Customers sit outside restaurants in the Robertson Quay area of Singapore,(Bloomberg)

Singapore to require Covid-19 testing for all inbound travelers

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 11:41 AM IST
At present, Singapore only requires travelers who are not citizens or permanent residents, and who have recent travel history to high-risk countries or regions, to take a PCR test 72 hours before departure.
The third case is a six-year-old Singaporean girl who arrived from India on July 3.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO (Representative Image))
The third case is a six-year-old Singaporean girl who arrived from India on July 3.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO (Representative Image))

Three India-returnees test positive for Covid-19 in Singapore

Singapore | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2020 02:54 PM IST
A 13-year-old boy, who is a permanent resident here, and a 28-year-old woman on a dependant’s pass arrived from India on July 19, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
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