Singapore cannot go into an indefinite lockdown but also can’t ignore things as they are. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed the COVID-19 situation in the country via a Facebook post on Saturday. However, the island nation is slowly opening up amid the ongoing pandemic scenario. The authorities have started loosening the restrictions in several areas of the country.
Singapore PM Rules Out Indefinite COVID-19 Lockdown
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday ruled out indefinite COVID-19 lockdown in Singapore. Moreover, he said that the country can stand still but also cannot ignore the present scenario.
He further added that the people of the country will have to get used to living with COVID-19. Although he wants the casualties to lower as few as they can, they will still have to cope up with the virus. Now that the country is slowly and steadily lifting its economy, the multi-tasking ministry opens up a few regions across the city-state.
The Singapore multi-tasking force announced a few guidelines on Saturday as they decide to open up the city-state. COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory for all staff returning to their workplace from January 1, 2022. The country is currently administering China’s Sinovac as they expand their national vaccination program. Besides that, they have also expanded their home recovery scheme for pregnant women. The Trade and Industry Minister of the country, Gan Kim Yong; the Finance minister, Lawrence Wong; and the health minister Ong Ye Kung co-chair the multi-tasking force.
COVID-19 Situation in the Country
Singapore has witnessed a growth in this week’s COVID-19 cases. Prime Minister Lee compared this week’s COVID-19 situation with that of the past week. However, there was a slight increase in this week’s Covid cases. Two weeks ago, this figure was 1.5. It indicates that the cases in the city-state are doubling every fortnight. The ratio now stands at 1.15, meaning that the cases are growing roughly 15 percent every week. Henceforth, if the authorities did not pay attention to this right now, they might have to face severe consequences in the future.
Singapore Learns to Live with the Virus
Prime Minister Lee asked the people to do their part and exercise socially as Singapore plans to start living with the virus. Moreover, he added that the country’s economy has suffered a lot in the past.
The pandemic has affected several sectors such as the food and beverage industry. Besides that, he motivated people to get themselves vaccinated as soon as they can to reduce the chances of death and serious illness. So far, the country has reported 169,261 COVID-19 cases with over 300 deaths.