People walk at a pedestrian crossing on September 7, 2021, past the Orchard Road shopping district in Singapore.
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SINGAPORE – Singapore announced on Saturday that it would open new travel lanes for vaccinated visitors from eight more countries.
It came as its Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong predicted that it would take three to six months to live a “new normal” life with Kovid.
Southeast Asian countries will launch more vaccine travel lanes (VTLs) with Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, the transport ministry has announced.
“All 8 countries are already open to travelers from Singapore. So VTLs will resume two separate trips between Singapore and them,” Transport Minister S Iswaran said on Saturday.
The initiative allows quarantine-free travel for those who have been vaccinated, but travelers must test Covid-1 tests before entering the country to make sure they are not infected with the virus.
Applications will be open on Tuesday, and travelers from those countries who meet the conditions will be able to enter Singapore from 1 October.
Singapore announced the initiative with South Korea on Friday. The city-states have already started similar arrangements with Germany and Brunei in September.
Living with Kovid
In a national speech on Saturday, Singapore’s leader Lee explained when the “new normal” could happen.
“How will we know when we reach a new normal state? It will be when we can ease the limitations, just get the light. [safe management measures] In place, and cases remain stable – probably hundreds every day, but not growing, “Lee said.” When our hospitals can go back to business as usual, when we can resume our previous jobs, and not see the crowds again and feel anxious or weird. “
He urged the nation not to be “paralyzed with fear”, saying “sooner or later, we will all be exposed to the virus – which means all adults will be exposed to the virus.”
He said regions such as Europe had reached the state, but “paid for it” and lost many lives.
“It will take us at least three months and possibly six months to reach this new standard,” Lee added.
Strict measures for the obsolete
Singapore will also impose some covid restrictions on vaccination.
Those who have not been vaccinated will no longer be allowed to go to the mall, said Gan Kim Young, Singapore’s commerce minister and vice-president of the government’s Coronavirus Task Force, at a briefing on Saturday. Even those who have been vaccinated will now be subject to a two-person limit when entering the mall, he said.
Unsafe people will also not be allowed to dine in coffee shops and food centers দেশে open-air food establishments in the country, where they were previously allowed to do so, are limited to two people per table.
Singapore’s health ministry said the latest measures were aimed at protecting those most at risk, such as the unvaccinated and the elderly.
The bans will take effect on Wednesday.
Covid strategy in Singapore
Singapore maintained a zero-coward strategy for most of the epidemic, but it began to open up after the population’s vaccination rate exceeded 80%. As of October 7, 83% of the population had completed two doses of a covid vaccine.
But after the ban was relaxed, the number of cases began to rise, reaching daily record highs and hovering above 400,400,000 in the last few days.
Last month, Singaporean authorities tightened the Covid system again to slow community transmission and protect hospitals from being overwhelmed. They reduce the size of the group for social gatherings from five to two, and set home-to-home work as the default, encouraging vulnerable populations such as the elderly to stay home as much as possible.
As of Friday, the total number of infections stood at 120,454, of which 142 died. However, according to the country’s health ministry, 98.4% of infected people had no symptoms or mild symptoms in the last 28 days.