Singapore has gradually restarted its economy since June and allowed limited social activities as the total number of new cases has fallen following partial lockdown measures implemented in April. Malls and restaurants have started filling up again as people go out to shop and dine.
Some popular malls or premises that face crowd management issues may have entry restrictions, while dining outlets will be allowed to play recorded music as soft background music only to prevent patrons from talking loudly and raising the risk of droplet spread, the health ministry said.
The city-state is negotiating with various companies over vaccine deals, Kenneth Mak, the health ministry’s director of medical services, said at the briefing. Authorities will need to prioritize the vaccine’s availability to more vulnerable groups and front-line workers when it’s ready, and hasn’t yet made a decision on whether it’ll be mandatory for all.
“We continue to be in discussion with various pharmaceutical companies to update ourselves about the progress of their trials for their vaccine candidates and to explore the possibility of procuring these vaccines for use in Singapore,” Mak said.
The Southeast Asian country has recorded more than 56,000 confirmed cases of infection, with more than 90% of the total coming from migrant laborers living in tightly-spaced dormitories. The daily infection count has, however, been on a downward trend following the government’s sweeping effort to test and clear that population of the virus.
(Updates with quote from IATA in sixth paragraph.)
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