Singapore Shuts Schools As New Virus Strains Infect Children
The Philippine Star|May 18, 2021
SINGAPORE (AFP) – Schools will close starting tomorrow as the Singaporean government warns of new coronavirus strains, like the one first detected in India, 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.

At a virtual news conference late Sunday, authorities announced that primary and secondary schools, as well as junior colleges, would shift to full home-based learning from Wednesday until the end of the school term on May 28.

Hours before Sunday’s news conference, Singapore confirmed 38 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the highest daily count in eight months. Some of the cases involved children linked to a cluster at a tuition center.

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