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Singapore objects Kejriwal’s claim on new ‘Covid variant’, MEA says Delhi CM doesn’t speak for India

The Fact News Service
New Delhi, May 19
Singapore government raised strict objection to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s tweet on ‘Singapore Variant’ of Coronavirus, said Foreign Ministry. As Yesterday, Kejriwal urged government in his tweet, ‘The new form of Corona that came to Singapore is being described as very dangerous for children. In India, it can come as a third wave. My appeal to the Central Government- 1. Air services with Singapore should be canceled with immediate effect. 2. Work on vaccine options should be done on priority basis even for children’. Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi informed about this by tweeting, “Singapore Government called in our High Commission today to convey strong objection to Delhi CM’s tweet on “Singapore variant”. High Commissioner clarified that Delhi CM had no competence to pronounce on Covid variants or civil aviation policy.” After this, External Affairs Minister also tweeted on this issue. He said that ‘India and Singapore have been strong partners in the fight against Covid-19. We appreciate the help of Singapore as a logistics hub and oxygen supplier. Their move to deploy military aircraft to help us shows how good our relations are.’ “However, irresponsible comments from those who should know better can damage long-standing partnerships. So, let me clarify- Delhi CM does not speak for India”, said Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar in his next tweet. After Kejriwal’s tweet, the Singapore High Commission in India had said in a tweet that there is no truth in the fact that there is a new strain of Covid in Singapore. Phylogenetic testing shows that the pre-existing B.1.617.2 variant is prevalent strain in many covid cases, including in children, in the last few weeks in Singapore.

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