COVID-19 surge putting 'serious strain' on Singapore hospitals; restrictions tightened | In full

The rapid rise in COVID-19 cases is “of concern” and putting "serious strain" on Singapore's hospital resources despite the shift to community and home care, co-chair of the multi-ministry task force Gan Kim Yong said on Friday (Sep 24) at a multi-ministry task force news conference. https://cna.asia/3zEbTAk

To ensure the healthcare system can cope, Singapore has introduced new measures that will take effect on Sep 27:

Dining-in at F&B outlets and social gatherings will be reduced to groups of 2. https://cna.asia/3o97h3r

Work-from-home will be the default option for employees who are able to do so. https://cna.asia/3AHCvlE

People aged between 50 and 59 who were fully vaccinated at least six months ago will be offered an mRNA booster shot from Oct 4. https://cna.asia/3zOoz8d

The home-based learning (HBL) period for all primary and special education (SPED) schools will be extended to Oct 7. https://cna.asia/3lTUlvm

From Sep 25, eight regional screening centres and three quick test centres will operate on weekends to test people individuals with symptoms. https://cna.asia/39Bqm5z

This is the full news conference and Q&A session with journalists.

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