Singaporean Ambassador to Vietnam Catherine Wong Siow Ping COVID-19 continues to cause headaches globally and regionally. How has Singapore dealt with the pandemic, how have Vietnam and Singapore worked together on this issue, and how important is regional cooperation within the ASEAN in controlling the crisis? This once-in-a-generation crisis has changed the way we live, work, and play. Following a “circuit breaker” from April 7 to June 1 with stringent restrictions on social interactions, Singapore has controlled the spread of COVID-19. We are gradually reopening our economy and society: retail stores and restaurants have reopened while international passengers can transit through Changi Airport. At the same time, safety remains a top priority, with safe distancing requirements and restrictions on large-scale social gatherings. A key pillar of our COVID-19 strategy is taking an active and rigorous testing approach. We are increasing our testing capacity from around 13,000 tests per day currently to 40,000 tests per day by the end of 2020. We are proactively testing population groups that are deemed vulnerable or have a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19. While this means more cases are being detected, this enables us to identify and ringfence new cases early, thus preventing further… Read full this story
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