Singapore to drop most indoor mask requirements next week

By Reuters   August 23, 2022 | 08:37 pm PT
Singapore to drop most indoor mask requirements next week
Office workers go for lunch at the central business district on the first day free of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) restrictions, in Singapore, April 26, 2022. Photo by Reuters/Edgar Su
Singapore will do away with requirements to wear masks indoors starting Aug. 29, as the country sees its Covid-19 situation stabilise further, the health minister said on Wednesday.

For the first time in more than two years, people in the Southeast Asian city-state will no longer be required to wear masks indoors except on public transport and in high-risk settings like healthcare facilities.

The health ministry also updated rules for non-vaccinated travellers, dropping a 7-day quarantine requirement starting next week.

Singapore, which is a major Asian financial and travel hub, lifted most pandemic curbs, including travel restrictions, earlier this year.

About 70% of the city-state's 5.5 million population has already contracted Covid-19, Ong Ye Kung, the health minister said in a news conference, adding that the re-infection rate is so far "very low".

Singapore has vaccinated more than 90% of its population and has among the lowest Covid-19 mortality rates in the world.

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