World News | Singapore Must Be Ready to Reinstate Face Masks, Cautions Health Minister

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Get latest articles and stories on World at LatestLY. Singapore must be prepared to reinstate safe management measures such as wearing masks, should it face a wave of COVID-19 infections caused by a nasty variant, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung cautioned on Monday.

Agency News PTI| Oct 31, 2022 07:10 PM IST

Singapore, Oct 31 (PTI) Singapore must be prepared to reinstate safe management measures such as wearing masks, should it face a wave of COVID-19 infections caused by a nasty variant, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung cautioned on Monday.

He noted that since Singapore faced numerous Omicron subvariants, the presence of recombinants - or variants that combine genetic material from two different variants - of existing subvariants, is expected.

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The XBB variant, which drove the most recent wave of Covid-19 infections here, is also a recombinant.

So reimposing curbs will help slow transmissions but not unduly disrupt the lives of people here, the health minister said.

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The minister, who is a co-chair of the multi-ministry task force tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, noted that with virtually all safe management measures lifted, Singapore is practically back to the pre-pandemic normality, with many travelling and the country h...

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