Covid-19: Singapore 'Evaluating' Timing and Scope of Re-Opening as Cases Rise Again
The Covid-19 multi-ministry task force is now "evaluating the timing and scope" of the next stage of Singapore's reopening as a result of a recent uptick in the number of local community cases and clusters.
"We are now at stage 1 of our reopening. Stage 2 is scheduled next Monday. Unfortunately, we now have new cases breaking out and a major new cluster in Bukit Merah," said Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the task force, in a Facebook post on June 16.
"Given these developments, we are evaluating the timing and scope of the next stage of reopening. The MTF is studying the situation carefully with public health experts and will provide further updates soon," he continued.
Singapore is now looking at a major new cluster at Bukit Merah View Market and Food Centre. As of Tuesday, the cluster there has 25 cases.
The market has since been closed and will only reopen on June 26 after proper cleaning.
Singapore is currently in the first part of Phase 3 (Heightened Alert). The cap on two people was lifted on June 14 and Singapore residents can now go out in groups of up to five.
The second stage, which would allow for residents to dine-in at restaurants again, is due to begin on June 21.