Singapore tightens Covid-19 restrictions as cases increase to record numbers

Published on 27 September 2021 at 17:25

SINGAPORE, Sept 26: As infections continue to soar, Singapore has made work-from-home the default and tightened other rules.


A total of 1,650 infections have been reported in the city-state since Saturday night, with more than 1,100 hospitalized.


A new work-from-home policy was enforced in Singapore as well as limiting large social gatherings in restaurants and other settings to two people, an effort to prevent the spread of the virus and preserve hospital capacity for severe cases.


The MOH reported 65 hospitalized patients with serious illnesses needing oxygen supplementation, and 27 in critical condition in intensive care units.


In an effort to stem a rapid increase in cases of Covid-19, people will only be allowed to gather in small groups of two.


They will last a month and will be lifted on Oct 25, with the rules being reviewed and adjusted in two weeks depending on the local circumstances.


According to Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong, taking this difficult decision is essential to prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed with infections, as well as to scale up home recovery and home care services.


Although many Singaporeans and businesses are affected by this decision, the government remains committed to reopening Singapore's daily operations.


In a statement, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung indicated Singapore is implementing its plans to deal with 5,000 cases a day.


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