Singapore and Hong Kong have postponed a planned air travel bubble meant to boost tourism amid a spike in coronavirus infections in Hong Kong.
The flights will proceed on Sunday with an additional COVID-19 test for travellers from Hong Kong, Channel News Asia reported on Saturday.
Under the arrangement, people would be allowed to travel between the two cities without observing quarantine but must take a Covid-19 test before departure and upon arrival. All worldwide passengers are required to undergo a post-flight COVID-19 test at the airport, according to rules issued by the city state's government in July.
"For any scheme to be successful, they must fulfil the condition of securing public health, and also make sure that both sides would be comfortable and feel safe about the scheme", Yau said.More news: Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland wins Golden Boy award
The "Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore announced that the Singapore-Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble (ATB) will be launched as scheduled, with arriving passengers subject to an on-arrival test as a further precaution", Ong explained on Saturday.
On Friday, Hong Kong's top health official said that the city had "probably entered" a new wave of cases.
The decision to put the travel bubble on hold comes as a huge blow to both Hong Kong and Singapore - as well as other countries looking to bolster their economies with similar passages. The current average in Hong Kong is almost four, prompting Yau and Singapore's transport minister, Ong Ye Kung, to postpone the inaugural flight.
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In total, Hong Kong has confirmed more than 5,500 cases of the coronavirus according to Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, Singapore reported five imported COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the country's infection count to 58,148.
In a statement to a government press agency in India, a spokesperson from Air India said that the airline had been stopped from running any flights between Hong Kong and Delhi between November 20 and December 3.
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"I can fully understand the disappointment and frustration of travellers who have planned their trips".