Singapore and Taiwan are now imposing aggressive restrictions at home and are putting a tight hold on traveling between each other. This weekend, Taiwan authorities asked people to stay home. In Taipei, indoor family and social gatherings have been limited to 5 people. Outdoor gatherings can have a maximum 10 people. On Saturday there were reports of 180 new infections followed by 206 new local cases on Sunday.
Singapore has banned indoor dining at restaurants and made work from home compulsory. They have gone back to re-imposing the same measures like last year with lockdown being part of it. The city has started making plans to vaccinate those below 16 years of age while 7 schools have now switched to home-based learning to “ring-fence” those affected by infections.
Ho Ching, the chief executive officer of Singapore’s state-owned investor Temasek Holdings Pte and the wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has encouraged the elderly to get vaccinated through her Facebook post. She also added that there is scarcity in the shots. She wrote that vaccine deliveries are slow this month and will remain so for next 1-2 months.
The authorities announced the lockdown on May 14th which will go on for a month i.e. till June 13th for now. On Sunday Singapore reported 38 new local cases out of which 18 are currently unlinked to known clusters.
Ho Ching has also asked the residents of Singapore to wear masks and completely avoid all the activities that require them to get their masks down when in public like eating and drinking with others in the coming 3-6 weeks which can extend to 9 weeks.