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There was one new Covid-19 case in the community reported on Wednesday noon (May 5). The Health Ministry said the case is not linked to the cluster at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. There were also 15 imported cases, which were placed on stay-home-notices on arrival in Singapore.

New viral variants that originated in India are believed to have sparked Singapore’s largest active cluster at TTSH. Five cases linked to the cluster were found to have the variant, including the cluster’s first case – the 46-year old nurse who tested positive for Covid-19 on April 27. Professor Dale Fisher, infectious diseases consultant from National University Hospital, discusses why it’s important for the layperson to understand how widespread these variants are in Singapore amid our overall fight against the virus.

Visitors to shopping malls, offices, schools, places of worship and other venues with higher footfall will have to use either the TraceTogether app or token to check in from May 17, two weeks earlier than the previously announced date of June 1. Other modes of SafeEntry check-in – like scanning a SafeEntry QR code with a phone camera or the Singpass app – will be discontinued from that day. Tech editor Irene Tham clarifies the different check-in methods we can use.

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