Singapore’s authorities hopes to raise pandemic-related restrictions from June 13 if it will possibly get plenty of native clusters underneath management.
The well being ministry on Monday confirmed 16 new instances of domestically transmitted Covid-19 an infection, of which 13 are linked to earlier instances.
Lee Hsien Loong, prime minister, mentioned testing can be stepped up even when curbs have been eliminated. “First, we should take a look at sooner, and extra liberally and extensively,” he mentioned.
He mentioned Singapore well being authorities would introduce various kinds of checks. “Many various kinds of Covid-19 checks have turn out to be accessible, for instance, antigen fast checks, saliva checks, breathalysers, wastewater surveillance, even sniffer canines.”
Lee added: “It will allow us to detect instances extra rapidly in order that we are able to isolate them and ring-fence their contacts promptly, earlier than the virus spreads additional.”
He acknowledged that the clusters emerged after Singapore appeared to have the virus overwhelmed.
“Sadly, we’re additionally combating new, extra infectious variants of the Covid-19 virus,” the prime minister mentioned, noting that each the B.1.1.7 variant, which was first detected within the UK, and the B.1.617.2 variant, which was first detected in India, had arrived within the city-state.
“Extra variants will inevitably emerge, and we must take care of them too,” Lee mentioned.
The prime minister mentioned Singapore was ready to reply to the brand new threats.
“Barring one other super-spreader or huge cluster, we must be on observe to deliver this outbreak underneath management.”