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Singapore to tighten COVID-19 curbs after rise in infections

/ 07:03 PM September 24, 2021
Singapore said on Friday it will tighten COVID-19 curbs from next week to limit social gatherings to two people and make working from home a default, in a bid to contain a spike in infections and reduce pressure on the healthcare system.

FILE PHOTO: Commuters wearing protective face masks leave a train station during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore August 17, 2020. REUTERS file photo / Edgar Su

SINGAPORE — Singapore said on Friday it will tighten COVID-19 curbs from next week to limit social gatherings to two people and make working from home a default, in a bid to contain a spike in infections and reduce pressure on the healthcare system.

Authorities said cases have increased more rapidly than had been expected, while the city-state’s vaccination rate has plateaued after hitting about 82%, one of the highest rates in the world.

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To further protect its population, the Southeast Asia nation is also expanding its booster vaccine shot program to cover those aged 50 to 59 years, the health ministry said.

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