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Singapore to extend Covid booster program to teenagers aged 12-17

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Singapore to extend Covid booster program to teenagers aged 12-17

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Students wearing protective masks take part in extracurricular activities at school on January 6, 2022 in Singapore.

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Separately, Singapore shortened the isolation period for children under 12 and vaccinated those who tested positive for Covid from 10 days to 7 days.

The country’s National Center for Infectious Diseases has found through its studies that the viral load of omicron infections is lower than delta and has a shorter infectious period.

People aged 12 and over who are not vaccinated will still have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Adjustment of border measures

Singapore also said it would continue to limit the number of people who can enter the country through its quarantine-free vaccine lanes scheme. Airline and bus ticket sales will be capped at 50% of its quota.

However, those entering the country from January 24 will only need to take unsupervised, self-administered rapid Covid tests for seven days after arrival if they intend to leave their place of residence. The submission of results is not compulsory.

Currently, after arriving in Singapore, travelers must self-test and submit test results for four days and visit a testing center for supervised testing for two days.

Additionally, travelers who are fully immunized and have recently recovered from the virus will be exempt from all testing and quarantine requirements if they are able to provide proof.

“As fully immunized people who have recently recovered from infection have a high level of immunity from their recent COVID-19 infection and vaccination, the likelihood of re-infection is low,” the Ministry of Health said. Health in a press release. These travelers can also test positive without posing a risk of infection because they shed non-infectious viral fragments, the statement added.

Those who are not fully vaccinated but have recently recovered will not need to take a pre-departure test but will be subject to other measures, the statement said.

Covid cases in Singapore have been on the rise in recent weeks, with the Health Ministry reporting a weekly infection growth rate of 2.17 on Thursday.

In the last 28 days, 99.3% of reported cases had mild symptoms or no symptoms. As of Thursday, 1,472 infections have been confirmed.

The health ministry said 1,001 cases of omicron were confirmed on Thursday, including 952 local and 49 imported.

The city-state has reported 297,549 Covid cases and 845 related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Singapore to extend Covid booster program to teenagers aged 12-17

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