September 27, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

The South East Asian city state of Singapore has seen a significant rise in COVID-19 cases since it began opening up after hitting its 70 percent vaccination milestone in August.

Yesterday the country recorded 1,939 new cases, up from 53 daily cases on August 10, the day the nation started easing restrictions.

Of Singapore’s total number of cases since the start of the pandemic, almost a quarter have been diagnosed in the last 28 days, and more than 25 percent of its total deaths have occurred – 21 out of 78 since the beginning of the pandemic.

In response, from today the Government is introducing or extending restrictions, bringing the number of people allowed to gather down from five to two. The number of fully vaccinated people allowed to dine together in restaurants has also been reduced from five to two.

Most children aged 12 or under will now learn from home and work from home is the default across Singapore.

However business events, live performances and spectator sports have had their limits unchanged, with 1,000 fully vaccinated attendees allowed. Unvaccinated attendees are permitted if they have had a COVID-19 test within the 24 hours before each day of the event.

Singapore’s Ministry of Health says most of the recent severe cases of COVID-19 have been amongst unvaccinated people or those  with underlying health conditions.