NEW DELHI: Amid growing concerns that the new mutations of COVID-19, which is more like the B.1.167 variant detected in India, can affect children, the Singapore administration has decided to shut all schools and scale up efforts to vaccinate more and more youngsters.
Singapore’s Health Minister Ong Ye Kung, in a conversation with the ministry’s Director of Medical Services Kenneth Mak, had said that the B.1.617 strain, first detected in India, “appears to affect children more”.
“Some of these mutations are much more virulent and they seem to attack the younger children,” the Education Minister said. “This is an area of concern for all of us,” he said, adding that none of the infected children was seriously ill.
Chan, in a Facebook post, said that the government is “working out the plans” to vaccinate students under the age of 16. After the announcement, Singapore and Taiwan announced that schools would suspend classes from Tuesday until May 28.
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