Singapore Prepares to Close Schools Due to New COVID-19 Strain Risks

Singapore prepares to shut most schools this week as the Indian variant was detected to be affecting more children than the previous strains.

Starting Wednesday, all primary, secondary and junior colleges will shift to full home-based learning until the end of the school term on May 28.

“Some of these [virus] mutations are much more virulent, and they seem to attack the younger children,” Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said.

“The sharp rise in the number of community cases today requires us to significantly reduce our movements and interactions in the coming days,” the education minister added.

Citing the ministry’s director of medical services, Kenneth Mak, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said that the B1617 or the Indian variant has appeared to affect children more.

The education minister further said that the government was working on plans to vaccinate children below 16 years old.

Singapore on Sunday confirmed that there were 38 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases which included four children who were linked to a cluster at a tuition center.

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