Travel lanes delayed due to new variant


THE city-state has delayed the launch of vaccinated travel lanes with Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia as a precaution amid concern about the Omicron variant.

The postponement of the plans previously scheduled to begin Dec 6 was “a precautionary measure to reduce the risks of importation and spread,” the health ministry said on Sunday.

Singapore’s government cited its proximity as transport points for countries in southern Africa as a factor for the delay, and said it would provide more details on a new launch date for the travel lanes. At the same time, Singapore continued to see local Covid-19 cases plunge. The city-state reported a total of 747 new cases of Covid-19 infection as of Sunday, the lowest since Sept 13. — Bloomberg

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