On Saturday, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that Singapore remains committed to fully reopening its borders as the country battles a record wave of COVID-19 infections.
“Living with COVID-19 has not been a smooth and easy journey,” Lee said in an address to the country. “[But] we must also connect ourselves back to the world. In particular, we must continue to reopen our borders safely.”
Singapore is the first among several countries in Asia to transition away from COVID zero—a policy that seeks no COVID-19 infections—to a “living with COVID” strategy that tolerates some COVID-19 cases once a vast majority of the population is fully vaccinated.
But Singapore is showing that the transition is not easy.
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