Singapore has announced today that it would be closing schools from Tuesday as a new coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) strain like the one first detected in India were affecting more children in the city-state. The government has been tightening restrictions following a recent rise in local transmissions after months of near-zero cases.
Following the announcement, there are demands pouring from different administrative stakeholders in India to stop flights from Singapore as it could trigger the third wave of infections with a fresh and lethal strain in the country.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has already asked the government of India to cancel all air services between India and Singapore with immediate effect, saying the new Singapore strain of the virus is reportedly “very dangerous” for children. “This new strain of virus could invade India in the form of a third wave,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.
“The new form of coronavirus found in Singapore is said to be very dangerous for children. It could reach Delhi in the form of a third wave. My appeal to the Central government: 1. Cancel all air services with Singapore with immediate effect 2. Work on vaccine alternatives for children on a priority basis,” Kejriwal added in the tweet.