Singapore Reviews Travel Bubble With Hong Kong As Covid-19 Cases Increase

singapore reviews travel bubble with hong kong as covid 19 cases increase

A member of the airline staff wears a face mask walking past rows of self check-in counters at the … [+] departure hall of Changi Airport on March 22, 2020 in Singapore.

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The Singapore government is reviewing its planned travel bubble with Hong Kong following a spike in Covid-19 infections in recent weeks that triggered tightened social distancing rules in the city-state.

“We will monitor the situation and we will review and assess whether or not there will be any changes,” Lawrence Wong, the education minister who co-chairs the Singapore government’s virus taskforce, was quoted by Bloomberg as saying. Singapore and Hong Kong authorities are in contact, he added.

Singapore announced late Tuesday fresh Covid-19 restrictions for the next three weeks to slow the spread of the Indian variant of the virus that has shut parts of public hospital in recent weeks. The measures include limiting social gatherings to no more than five people from eight previous, and capping the number of employees who can return to offices to 50% of staff who can work from home, down from 75%, according to the Ministry of Health.

The fresh restrictions come as Singapore and Hong Kong prepares to launch a travel bubble that would allow travel between the two cities to resume on May 26…

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