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Friday, December 3, 2021

Singapore will begin easing Covid restrictions next week.

Singapore said on Saturday that it will begin easing restrictions on the pandemic next week, another sign that the city-state is recovering from a recent spike in hospital admissions that has delayed its reopening plan.

Fully vaccinated people will be allowed to gather in homes and restaurants in groups of up to five from Monday, more than currently, Singapore government ministers from the Covid Task Force told a news conference.

“We are now moving to life with Covid-19,” said Commerce Minister Gan Kim Young. “I know that many or some of them prefer to open faster, but we have to do it very carefully and gradually.”

The closure of Singapore’s borders and aggressive testing of Covid made it successful in the early days of the pandemic. It was also one of the first countries in Asia to order vaccines. But the country’s plan to exit the pandemic – phased and tightly regulated in even the best scenarios – has been delayed by several months due to the recent spike in cases that has swept the hospital system.

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Compared to the United States and European countries, Singapore and many other Asian countries are much slower to open their borders and simplify the rules for public gatherings.

Singapore’s regulations are extreme even by the standards of other Asian countries with high vaccination rates. Only two people can get together in gyms, shopping malls and public places, including outdoors, for example, although nearly nine out of 10 residents are fully vaccinated.

Singapore officials said on Saturday that they probably will no longer loosen restrictions until the end of the year because they want to restrict public gatherings during the holiday festivities.

The Ministry of Health said Singapore had 1,633 new local cases, up from the second half of October, when daily local cases rarely dropped below 2,800, peaking at 4,650 on October 27.

Over the past month, the burden on Singapore’s healthcare system has dropped. The ICU utilization rate was 57 percent on Friday, up from about 84 percent on Oct.25, according to the health ministry.

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