Published on : Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Singapore authorities recently announced tighter travel restrictions to help curb a surge in Covid-19 cases that have been on the rise of late. These measures include making work-from-home the default and cutting the number of people who can meet in restaurants and other social settings to two.
However, Singapore Finance Minister and co-chair of the country’s coronavirus task force Lawrence Wong also announced that the country is committed to reopening, and that recently reimposed curbs are to ensure the health system can handle an increased number of daily cases.
Mr. Wong mentioned that the overall strategy has not changed but authorities are committed to reopening the economy and society progressively, but aims to do it without putting too much stress on the hospital system. He mentioned that the government wants to keep the health care system intact and under control, and avoid unnecessary deaths.
He also mentioned that reopening can proceed once the health care system is bolstered. He also said the city-state is in talks with other countries about expanding vaccinated travel lanes, possibly this year.