Despite being considered success stories in containing COVID-19,… Singapore and Taiwan are now imposing aggressive restrictions,… as they are seeing a resurgence in cases.
Over in the UK, it’s going ahead with its lifting of lockdown measures despite a rise in Indian variants.
Lee Seung-jae reports.
At one point,… Singapore and Taiwan were considered among a handful of success stories when it came to containing COVID-19.
But now, both countries are imposing new measures,.. as they are facing a resurgence in cases.
In Singapore,… indoor dining was banned from last Friday,… and people will now be working from home,… as the city-state re-imposed measures last in place a year ago.
In Taiwan,… the authorities are calling on people to stay indoors after a record 180 new cases were reported Saturday.
Indoor family and social gatherings in Taipei will be limited to five people,… while outdoor gatherings will be restricted to ten.
The resurgence is also threatening the reopening of regional travel between the two countries.
Singapore previously allowed travelers from Taiwan to enter without quarantine,… however,… starting Saturday,… it banned entry of short-term visitors with a travel history to Taiwan in the past 21 days.
It also now requires citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders to quarantine upon arrival.
Taiwan also raised Singapore to “medium-risk” from a group of “low-risk” nations which includes New Zealand and Australia,… citing the recent surge.
Singapore and Taiwan were seen as success stories in COVID-19 containment,… where its citizens went about their daily lives without fear of infection.
Taiwan didn’t have a single domestic case between April and December,… while Singapore was named the best place to be in the COVID-19 era by Bloomberg’s COVID-19 Resilience Ranking.
In Europe, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Sunday expressed confidence that the UK would be able to fully lift lockdown measures,… despite an uptick in the India variant.
According to the health secretary,… while the variant is more transmissible,… early lab data showed vaccines remained effective.
He added a final decision will be made on June 14th.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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