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Singapore: Singapore reports 3,703 new cases of Covid-19, people line up to book travel tickets



SINGAPORE: Singapore has reported 3,703 new cases of Covid-19, including 832 in migrant worker dormitories and three in people arriving here from overseas, the health ministry said on Sunday.
With the latest cases, Singapore’s national coronavirus tally has reached 124,157, he said.
A total of 153 people have died of complications after contracting the coronavirus, including 52 this month, the ministry said.
The 11 Singaporeans, who died of complications from Covid-19 on Saturday, were between 56 and 90 years old, he said, adding that six of them were women and five men.
The next few months will be difficult as daily cases will continue to increase for a few weeks, but the outbreak will hopefully stabilize within a month, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a televised address to the nation on Saturday.
He stressed that everyone has a role to play in ensuring that the health system is not overwhelmed. This includes cutting back on social activities and not rushing to hospital accident and emergency (A&E) departments if they have mild symptoms, so bed capacity is reserved for those with them. most needed.
“Unity of intention and of heart is crucial to get us through the next few months,” said the Prime Minister.
Lee said Singapore will continue with its strategy of living with the virus, with a “new normal” expected to occur between three and six months.
Right now, the crucial step is to update mindsets about the virus, Lee said, adding that this means treating Covid-19 like a serious adversary without being afraid of it, and adjusting health and safety measures. recovery to prioritize those most at risk of serious illness.
Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said authorities have reset these COVID-19 protocols because the Delta variant causes high viral loads at the onset of an infection that can be detected by a rapid test, and counterbalanced by the unsustainability of restricting a large number of people for prolonged periods to try to catch all cases.
“A system like this is less tight than the current quarantine system, but it can manage risk significantly and substantially,” he said at a multi-ministerial task force press conference on Saturday afterwards. Lee’s speech to the nation.
As part of the reopening of economic activities, the government announced on Saturday that Singapore would allow the vaccinated travel route (VTL) without quarantine.
Starting October 19, fully vaccinated travelers from Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States will be able to enter Singapore as part of this agreement, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).
This expansion is being carried out in a “cautious and step-by-step manner” to help “reclaim and rebuild” Singapore’s status as an international aviation hub with global connectivity, Channel News Asia reported, citing CAAS.
The latest announcement comes after “the experience and confidence gained” from the first two VTLs with Brunei and Germany, which were launched last month, he said.
Singapore announced another VTL with South Korea on Friday, which will start on November 15.
Transport Minister S Iswaran said: “Although it is still a long way from where we were before Covid, this is an important step in reopening our borders and crucial in recovering and rebuilding our status as an international aviation hub with global connectivity. ”
“Singapore’s expansion of VTL agreements to 11 countries is great news for our customers, who can now reunite with loved ones more easily or finally go on vacation abroad,” said Lee Lik Hsin, senior vice president of business by SIA.
“The SIA Group supports all measures aimed at reopening Singapore to international travel without quarantine. This will enable the safe and gradual recovery of Changi Airport as a major airline hub, supported by increasing vaccination rates and confidence in robust health and safety measures throughout the end-to-end customer journey. at the end, ”Channel News Asia said quoting Lee Lik Hsin. as told.
SIA, which, along with its no-frills subsidiary Scoot, is adding more flights, noted that multi-city routes in these VTL countries are allowed if customers meet the 14-day travel history requirement, which includes transit country.
For example, a traveler could fly from Singapore to Paris, then Paris to Amsterdam, and still be eligible for the vaccinated travel lane flight from Amsterdam to Singapore, the VTL setup media explained.
However, a passenger traveling from Singapore to Los Angeles via Tokyo would not be eligible if the stay in Los Angeles is less than two weeks, as Tokyo is not included in the arrangement.
Singapore’s Changi Airport also hailed the new vaccinated taxiways as “another positive step” towards resuming travel and connectivity for the country’s air hub, noting that the 11 countries under the arrangement represented more 6.7 million airport passenger traffic in 2019.
They include Changi’s main long-haul markets during the pre-pandemic period.
“VTLs will make it easier for people to travel for business, leisure and to visit loved ones,” said Lim Ching Kiat, general manager of air hub development at Changi Airport Group.
“We look forward to serving more passengers traveling to and from these VTL countries and remain committed to providing them with a safe and smooth travel experience at Changi Airport.”
Following VTL’s announcement on Saturday, people lined up for three hours outside the Singapore Airlines (SIA) office to book airline tickets.
Kumar, 50, of Indian descent, who declined to give his full name, was at the SIA office to book tickets. He was trying to buy a ticket for his 19-year-old son, a first-year math and computer science student at the University of Chicago, to come home.
“Now that his quarantine is over he can come back for his winter break. His friends and family are all waiting for him here and he misses our labradoodle,” Kumar told The Straits Times.
Pent-up travel demand has exploded, with families willing to pay up to S $ 5,000 (US $ 3,688) for a business class ticket to London, according to the report.