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Singapore on new travel lanes, Covid restrictions, living with Covid

People walk at a pedestrian crossing along the Orchard Road shopping district in Singapore on September 7, 2021.

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SINGAPORE — Singapore announced Saturday it will be opening new travel lanes for vaccinated visitors from 8 more countries.

It came as its Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong predicted it will take between three to six months to get to a “new normal” of living with Covid.

The Southeast Asian country will be launching more vaccinated travel lanes (VTL) — with Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S., the transport ministry announced.

“All 8 countries are already open to travelers from Singapore. So the VTLs will restore two-way quarantine-free travel between Singapore and them,” Transport Minister S Iswaran said Saturday.

We should respect Covid-19, but we must not be paralyzed by fear.

Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore prime minister

The initiative allows quarantine-free travel for those who are vaccinated, but travelers will have to take Covid-19 tests to ensure they are not infected with the virus before entering the country.

Applications will open on Tuesday, and travelers from those countries who meet the conditions will be able to enter Singapore from Oct. 19, the minister said.

Singapore announced the initiative with South Korea on Friday. The city-state already started similar arrangements with Germany and Brunei in September.

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Tightening measures for the unvaccinated

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Authorities in Singapore last month tightened Covid measures again in a bid to slow community transmissions and protect hospitals from being overwhelmed. They reduced group sizes for social gatherings from five to two, and set working from home as the default, encouraging the vulnerable population such as the elderly to stay home as much as possible.

As of Friday, the total number of infections stands at 120,454, with 142 deaths. However, 98.4% of infected people over the past 28 days had no symptoms or mild symptoms, according to the country’s health ministry.

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2021-10-09 03:29:58

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