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Coronavirus

Singapore sets stricter COVID rules as Hong Kong travel hopes dim

Dining-in to be halted and only two people can gather amid airport cluster fears

An empty departure hall at Singapore's Changi Airport in January: Hopes that a travel bubble with Hong Kong would start on May 26 are fading fast.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- A cluster of COVID-19 infections traced to Singapore's Changi Airport has prompted authorities to announce the tightest restrictions seen since last year, a setback that casts serious doubt on plans to open a travel bubble with Hong Kong this month.

From Sunday through June 13, restaurants will be restricted to only takeout and deliveries. Residents will only be allowed to go out in pairs, down from the current limit of five people -- a figure that was already cut from eight due to rising community infections in recent weeks.

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