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'Highly unlikely' Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble will resume on schedule: Ong Ye Kung

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The Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble was originally slated to be resume on 26 May. (PHOTOS: Yahoo News Singapore / Getty Images) The Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble was originally slated to be resume on 26 May. (PHOTOS: Yahoo News Singapore / Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — It is "highly unlikely" that Singapore will meet the criteria for the Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble (ATB) that is set to resume on 26 May, said Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung on Friday (14 May).

Speaking at a Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) press conference, Ong said that an announcement on the status of the ATB will be made some time next week.

He added that he had spoken to Hong Kong's Secretary of Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau earlier on Friday to reaffirm both sides' commitment to the ATB. Ong noted, however, that the ball is now in Singapore's court.

"Hong Kong is a very safe region now. Like us, they do 10s of 1000s of tests a day, and they are picking up often zero if not one, two cases a day. So it's a very safe region. The issue now is the situation in Singapore where cases are going up," he said.

Ong's announcement comes as Singapore faces a sharp rise in COVID-19 community infections and the emergence of new clusters of cases linked to variants of the coronavirus. One of these clusters originated at Changi Airport, leading to the closure of public areas and new safe management measures being imposed.

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