Singapore Says ‘No Truth’ to New Variant Claims

Singapore said there is “no truth” to the claims of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that there is a “Singapore variant” and that it could cause a third wave of infection in India. 

The country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has responded to the reports published by Hindustan Times and NDTV quoting Kejriwal on Tuesday. 

“There is no truth whatsoever in the assertions found within the reports. There is no “Singapore variant,” the ministry said. 

“The strain that is prevalent in many of the COVID-19 cases in recent weeks is the B.1.617.2 variant, which originated in India. Phylogenetic testing has shown this B.1.617.2 variant to be associated with several clusters in Singapore,” MOH added. 

Delhi’s chief minister has earlier 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 to be canceled with immediate effect  2. Priority on vaccine options should be worked out for children too,” on Twitter in Hindi.

On Wednesday, India foreign minister Dr. S. Jaishankar has affirmed and thanked the country’s long-standing partnership with Singapore saying the irresponsible comments from the chief minister could damage relations. 

“So, let me clarify- Delhi CM does not speak for India,” he wrote on Twitter. 

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