Following an upsurge in infections, Singapore has been forced to once again tighten restrictions in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19. Nation Thailand reports that the city-state has now reduced gatherings from 5 to 2 people, with the exception of members of the same family. The measure will remain in effect until October 24 and applies to outdoor dining, as well as personal vehicles and taxis.
People who can do so are encouraged to work from home, while offices or work sites where employees are required to be present are required to perform weekly Covid-19 tests using antigen kits. The government urges people over 60 not to attend religious ceremonies, even if they are fully immunized.
In related news, Malaysian authorities are cracking down on fake Covid-19 vaccine certificates as the country reopens several businesses to fully vaccinated residents. According to the police, the offense of falsifying vaccination certificates carries a sentence of up to 7 years in prison and a fine of 100,000 Malaysian ringgits (approximately 800,000 baht).
To date, 10 people have been accused of forging Covid-19 vaccine certificates and selling the counterfeits online for between 200 and 1,500 ringgits each (around 1,600 to 12,000 baht). The crackdown comes as reopened businesses such as stores, hair salons and restaurants require proof of vaccination before admitting customers. Fully vaccinated residents can also spend their vacations in Langkawi and visit mosques and other centers of worship.
Covid-19 infections in Southeast Asia showed an increase on Sunday, but deaths from the virus fell from the previous day, according to the Nation Thailand report. ASEAN countries reported 63,014 new infections on Sunday compared to 59,202 on Saturday. The deaths were below 712, compared to the 758 deaths on Saturday. In total, the ASEAN region has reported more than 11.89 million infections and 258,776 deaths.
THE SOURCE: Nation Thailand
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