Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says efforts to combatCOVID-19 must not be slashed.
20 May 2021
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has stated that Singapore cannot afford to relax its efforts to combat COVID-19 because the virus would resurface in fresh and unimaginable forms. Though Singapore's number of coronavirus-related deaths has remained steady at 31, the country is "far from out of the woods," with a new superspreading cluster prompting new restrictions and gathering laws, according to the Prime Minister.
Following Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Twitter post on Tuesday, requesting that the central government immediately suspend air services with Singapore, claiming that a new coronavirus strain discovered in that country is especially harmful to children and could cause a third wave of the pandemic in India, the "Singapore version" of COVID-19 became a diplomatic problem between the two countries.
"The presence and spread of the B.1.617.2 variant in India predates the variant's identification in Singapore, and this has been widely recognized and published by various media outlets since May 5, 2021," said India's health ministry.
However on Tuesday, the ministry said that the claim made in several Indian news outlets that the virus has a "Singapore version" contains "no truth whatsoever."