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Singapore Curbs Gatherings, Plans More Economic Assistance

  • Gatherings cut from 5 people to 2; indoor exercise stops
  • Measures take effect Thursday amid record daily Covid cases
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Singapore will tighten restrictions on dining-in and social gatherings again and halt indoor exercise from Thursday, amid a record daily number of Covid-19 infections fueled by highly transmissible strains of the virus that are spreading across Southeast Asia.

Dining-in will be suspended and group gatherings will be cut from five people to just two through Aug. 18, authorities said at a Tuesday briefing, with the measures to be reviewed after two weeks. Singapore will also unveil a virus support package in the coming days, which Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said would “take reference” from earlier aid. A prior package cost S$1.2 billion ($878 million), funded by a reallocation of money.