‘High chance’ the Hong Kong - Singapore travel bubble will be delayed again

  • The city-state has experienced a spike in Covid-19 cases, recording 112 domestic infections so far this month
  • Several cases of variant coronavirus strains have been reported, along with 12 active virus clusters

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Officials in Hong Kong are saying it's likely the travel bubble with Singapore will be delayed once again. Photo: EPA-EFE/Wallace Woon

There is a “high chance” the travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong will be further delayed due to increasing virus cases in Singapore, a top Hong Kong official said on Friday.

The travel arrangements are currently set to begin on May 26.

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Edward Yau Tang-wah, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Economic and Development, made this prediction after a conversation with his counterpart in Singapore.

“We must plan for the best arrangements to resume travel; we should take precautions and make early announcements ,” he said.

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Yau’s comments came after an increase in the number of local cases in Singapore. Authorities on May 4 limited social gatherings to five people from the previous cap of eight. Singapore now has 12 active clusters. The country has already recorded 112 domestic infections this month, compared to 55 cases in April and just nine in March.

Authorities have also detected several variants of concern in both local and imported infections, such as the B.1.617 strain that was first identified in India and is thought to be more transmissible.

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