Mumbai: Singapore government issued a statement in response to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s warning that “a new form of coronavirus”, which is dangerous for children, may come as a third wave in India.
Singapore, the country’s Ministry of Health has refuted the claims and said that “there is no truth in such assertions”.
The Singapore government said on Tuesday that reports in the Indian media about the presence of a new version in the country are false, and there is no ‘Singapore variant’.
The statement comes against the backdrop of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s comments that the new strain could be potentially devastating as it affects children.
“The new COVID variant in Singapore is being said to be extremely dangerous for children, in India it may come as a third wave. My appeal to the central government: 1. Air services with Singapore to be cancelled with immediate effect2. Priority on vaccine options should be worked out for children too,” Kejriwal said in a tweet on Tuesday.
सिंगापुर में आया कोरोना का नया रूप बच्चों के लिए बेहद ख़तरनाक बताया जा रहा है, भारत में ये तीसरी लहर के रूप में आ सकता है।
केंद्र सरकार से मेरी अपील:
1. सिंगापुर के साथ हवाई सेवाएं तत्काल प्रभाव से रद्द हों
2. बच्चों के लिए भी वैक्सीन के विकल्पों पर प्राथमिकता के आधार पर काम हो
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 18, 2021
“There is no truth whatsoever in the assertions found within the reports. There is no ‘Singapore variant’. The strain that is prevalent in many of the Covid-19 cases in recent weeks is the B.1.617.2 variant, which originated in India. Phylogenetic testing has shown this B.1.617.2 variant to be associated with several clusters in Singapore,” the Singapore statement said.
There is no truth in the assertion that there is a new COVID strain in Singapore. Phylogenetic testing has shown that the B.1.617.2 variant is the prevalent strain in many of the COVID cases, including in children, in recent weeks in Singapore.https://t.co/uz0mNPNxlE https://t.co/Vyj7gyyzvJ
— Singapore in India (@SGinIndia) May 18, 2021
It is believed that the new strain, found in many Covid-19 cases recently, is the B.1.617.2 variant, which originated in India.