Singapore, Thailand step up COVID vigilance

Singapore is responding to a resurgence in coronavirus infections by reinstating some restrictions on Monday.

Despite having one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, at 82 percent, the country reported a record daily count of 1,939 new infections on Sunday, due to the highly transmissible Delta variant.

The government says 98 percent of the infections over the past 28 days are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms, signs that the vaccines are effective.

Officials say, however, to prevent a strain on healthcare, parties of no more than two are allowed in dining establishments, and company employees are required in principle to work remotely from Monday.

Meanwhile, Thailand has been reporting more than 10,000 daily infections. The government announced on Monday that the nationwide state of emergency will be extended until the end of November. It said curfews will stay in place from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. in the capital, Bangkok, and some other areas.

About 26 percent of Thailand's population has had a second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. The government is speeding up its vaccine rollout and stepping up vigilance.