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Arvind Kejriwal urges Centre to stop Singapore flights over fear of a new COVID variant

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With India already struggling to come out of the devastating impact of the second wave of COVID-19, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has alerted the Centre about a new variant of the coronavirus detected in Singapore that appears to be dangerous for children.

The Delhi CM has urged the Centre to immediately suspend flights to and from Singapore and take immediate measures. Kejriwal said that the new Singapore variant can prove detrimental for India and may lead to a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

In a tweet in Hindi, Kejriwal said, “The new form of Corona that came to Singapore is being said to be extremely dangerous for children, in India it may come as a third wave. My appeal to the central government: 1. Air services with Singapore be cancelled with immediate effect 2. Priority on vaccine options should be worked out for children too.”

COVID-19 situation in Singapore

According to Singapore’s health ministry, 28 fresh COVID-19 cases have been reported in the country on May 17. Of it, 21 new cases are of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection, of whom 10 are linked to previous cases, and 11 are currently unlinked. Seven cases are of people who tested positive upon entering Singapore.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 32 cases in the week before to 149 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 7 cases in the week before to 42 cases in the past week.

“We will continue to closely monitor these numbers, as well as the cases detected through our surveillance programme,” Singapore’s health ministry said.

 

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