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Singapore to relax more COVID-19 curbs including for overseas arrivals

/ 12:25 PM March 24, 2022
Singapore to relax more COVID-19 curbs including for overseas arrivals

People wearing protective face masks walk at Singapore’s Changi Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) March 30, 2020. REUTERS

SINGAPORE — Singapore is easing more COVID-19 curbs including lifting most restrictions for fully vaccinated visitors arriving in the country and dropping requirements to wear masks outdoors, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a speech on Thursday.

Singapore was one of the first countries to shift to a strategy of living with COVID-19, but had to slow some of its easing plans due to subsequent outbreaks.

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The Southeast Asian country’s Omicron wave has started to subside. At its peak, Singapore reported a record of nearly 26,000 cases in February, but the daily number of infections fell to about 9,000 on Wednesday.

Most cases have mild or no symptoms, with about 92% of its 5.5 million population having been fully vaccinated. Another 71% have received a booster jab.

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