Singapore will stop counting COVID-19 cases as it plans to treat the virus like the flu.
The country has imposed some of the strongest government mandates and restrictions since the start of the pandemic. Including no more than two visitors per household per day, default remote working, and indoor mask mandates, according to the Ministry of Health. Out of a population of 5.7 million, 62,692 cases and 36 deaths have been reported.
“We can’t eradicate it, but we can turn the pandemic into something much less threatening, like influenza, hand, foot and mouth disease, or chickenpox, and get on with our lives,” wrote the trade, finance, and health ministers in a joint statement. The statement continued, “Vaccines are highly effective in reducing the risk of infection as well as transmission. Even if you are infected, vaccines will help prevent severe Covid-19 symptoms.”
Currently, about 54 percent of the country’s population is vaccinated. Singapore has yet to release a detailed plan for resuming society without COVID-19, however, it may be a blueprint for other countries.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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